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Calendar for May 18th, 2014

1640s

  • 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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