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Saturday May 18, 2019

May 18: Day of the Week

May 18, 2019 was the 138th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 227 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Saturday.

If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Doyōbi.

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Here’s the May calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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Zodiac & Birthstone

Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

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May 18 Historical Event(s)

  • 1302
    Bruges Matins, the nocturnal massacre of the French garrison in Bruges by members of the local Flemish militia.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: The Siege of Vicksburg begins.
  • 1896
    Khodynka Tragedy: A mass panic on Khodynka Field in Moscow during the festivities of the coronation of Russian Tsar Nicholas II results in the deaths of 1,389 people.
  • 1948
    The First Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China officially convenes in Nanking.
  • 1959
    Launch of the National Liberation Committee of Côte d'Ivoire in Conakry, Guinea.
  • 1965
    Israeli spy Eli Cohen was hanged in Damascus, Syria.
  • 1974
    Nuclear test: under project Smiling Buddha, India successfully detonates its first nuclear weapon becoming the sixth nation to do so.
  • 1983
    In Ireland, the government launches a crackdown, with the leading Dublin pirate Radio Nova being put off the air.
  • 1991
    Northern Somalia declares independence from the rest of Somalia as the Republic of Somaliland but is not recognized by the international community.
  • 1993
    EU - riots in Nørrebro, Copenhagen caused by the approval of the four Danish exceptions in the Maastricht Treaty referendum. Police opened fire against civilians for the first time since World War II and injured 11 demonstrators. In total 113 bullets are fired.

Who were born on May 18?

  • 1873
    Lucy Beaumont, English actress (d. 1937)
  • 1891
    Rudolf Carnap, German philosopher (d. 1970)
  • 1912
    Walter Sisulu, South African anti-apartheid activist (d. 2003)
  • 1914
    Robert J. Wilke, American actor (d. 1989)
  • 1923
    Hugh Shearer, Prime Minister of Jamaica (d. 2004)
  • 1938
    Joan Blackman, American actress
  • 1944
    W. G. Sebald, German-born writer (d. 2001)
  • 1946
    Andreas Katsulas, American actor (d. 2006)
  • 1960
    Yannick Noah, French tennis player
  • 1972
    Turner Stevenson, Canadian ice hockey player

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