This Day in History for May 18
1652 – Rhode Island enacts 1st law declaring slavery illegal.
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.
1942 – NYC ends night baseball games for rest of WW II.
1953 – 1st woman to break sound barrier (Jacqueline Cochran, USA)
1956 – Mickey Mantle hits HR from both sides of plate for record 3rd time.
1963 – “If You Wanna Be Happy” by Jimmy Soul hits #1.
1969 – Apollo 10 launches from Kennedy Space Center and later transmits the 1st color picture of Earth from space.
1972 – “Me & The Chimp” last airs on CBS-TV.
1974 – “Streak” by Ray Stevens hits #1.
1977 – US, USSR and other nations sign the Environmental Modification Convention which prohibits weather warfare having widespread, long-lasting or severe effects.
1998 – Mount St Helens blows its top in Washington State, 60 die.
1986 – “Singin’ in the Rain” closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 367 performances.
1992 – US Supreme Court rules states could not force mentally unstable criminal defendants to take anti-psychotic drugs.
1998 – United States v Microsoft: The United States Department of Justice and 20 U.S. states file an antitrust case against Microsoft.
2010 – Police officer James Crooker is asked to leave the Red and Black Café in Portland, Oregon after co-owner John Langley claimed Crooker’s uniformed presence made him uncomfortable.
2014 – Adam Scott overtakes Tiger Woods as the No.1 ranked golfer in the world.Share: