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Daily Calendar for Thursday, May 18, 2023

Born

  • Bertrand Russell (philosopher & mathematician) –
  • Frank Capra (director) –
  • Perry Como (singer) –
  • Pope John Paul II –
  • Brooks Robinson (baseball player) –
  • Reggie Jackson (baseball player) –
  • George Strait (country singer) –
  • Tina Fey (writer & actress) –
  • Jack Johnson (musician) –

Died

  • Elizabeth Montgomery (American actress ) –
  • Elvin Ray Jones (renowned jazz drummer and member of John Coltrane’s quartet who also played alongside Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and Miles Davis) –
  • Wayne Allwine (voice of Mickey Mouse for over 30 years) –

Events

  • Montreal, Quebec, founded–
  • Masses feared the end of the world during passage of Halley’s Comet–
  • U.S. Selective Draft Act passed–
  • Tennessee Valley Authority created–
  • TWA was first airline to fly the Douglas DC-2 aircraft–
  • Aviator Jackie Cochran became the first woman to exceed Mach 1–
  • Apollo 10 spacecraft launched from Cape Kennedy–
  • India became world’s sixth nuclear power–
  • A magnitude 5.1 earthquake causes the cataclysmic eruption of Mount St. Helens, killing 57 people.–
  • Law passed to remove Confederate flag from South Carolina statehouse–
  • 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–

Weather

  • Major Arkansas River flood, Wichita, Kansas–
  • Violent Lake Michigan storm wrecked several ships–
  • Oklahoma experienced major floods–
  • 116 degrees F at Death Valley, California–

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