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Calendar for May 18th, 2013

Armed Forces Day

President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense and is observed on the third Saturday in May.


  • 1642: Montreal, Quebec, founded

  • 1870s

  • Born 1872: Bertrand Russell (philosopher & mathematician)

  • 1890s

  • Born 1897: Frank Capra (director)

  • 1910s

  • 1910: Masses feared the end of the world during passage of Halley's Comet

  • Born 1912: Perry Como (singer)

  • 1917: U.S. Selective Draft Act passed

  • 1920s

  • Born 1920: Pope John Paul II

  • 1930s

  • 1933: Tennessee Valley Authority created

  • 1934: TWA was first airline to fly the Douglas DC-2 aircraft

  • Born 1937: Brooks Robinson (baseball player)

  • 1940s

  • Born 1946: Reggie Jackson (baseball player)

  • 1950s

  • Born 1952: George Strait (country singer)

  • 1960s

  • 1969: Apollo 10 spacecraft launched from Cape Kennedy

  • 1970s

  • Born 1970: Tina Fey (writer & actress)

  • 1974: India became world's sixth nuclear power

  • Born 1975: Jack Johnson (musician)

  • 1980s

  • 1980: A magnitude 5.1 earthquake causes the cataclysmic eruption of Mount St. Helens, killing 57 people.

  • 1990s

  • 1990: CBS aired the final episode of Murphy Brown

  • Died 1995: Elizabeth Montgomery (actress)

  • 2000s

  • 2000: Law passed to remove Confederate flag from South Carolina statehouse

  • 2004: Randy Johnson made history by becoming the oldest major league player (at age 40) to throw a perfect game. Cy Young was previously the oldest to pitch perfection at 37

  • Died 2004: Elvin Ray Jones (renowned jazz drummer and member of John Coltrane's quartet who also played alongside Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and Miles Davis)

  • Died 2009: Wayne Allwine (voice of Mickey Mouse for over 30 years)

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