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This Day in History for May 18

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1852 – Massachusetts rules all school-age children must attend school.

1897 – Herbert Henry Dow founds Dow Chemical in Midland, Michigan.

1917 – US Congress passes Selective Service Act, authorizing the federal government to raise a national army for the American entry into World War I through compulsory enlistment.

1927 – Ritz Hotel opens in Boston.

1933 – Tennessee Valley Act (TVA) Act signed by FDR, to build dams.

1934 – TWA begins commercial service.

1945 – Tigers & A’s have 7 straight days games postponed due to rain.

1956 – Mickey Mantle hits HR from both sides of the plate for record 3rd time.

1963 – “If You Wanna Be Happy” by Jimmy Soul hits #1.

1964 – US Supreme Court rules it unconstitutional to deprive naturalized citizens of citizenship if they return to home country for more than 3 years.

1969 – Apollo 10 launches from Kennedy Space Center and later transmits the 1st color pictures of Earth from space.

1974 – “Streak” by Ray Stevens hits #1.

1980 – Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington state, causing the largest landslide in history, killing 57 people and costing $1 billion in damage.

1983 – Senate revises immigration laws, gives millions of illegal aliens legal status under an amnesty program.

1994 – Tropical Butterfly Garden at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo opens (Cleveland, Ohio)

1998 – Unites States v. Microsoft: The United States Department of Justice and 20 U.S. states file an antitrust case against Microsoft.

2008 – 43rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood win.

2014 – Swiss voters reject a $25 per hour minimum wages.

2020 – US President Donald Trump confirms he is taking controversial drug hydroxychloroquine against COVID-19.

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