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May 18

What happened on the day you were born?

In the headlines today:
 
2003Les Miserables ends a 16-year Broadway run after 6,680 performances. (Only the musical Cats has had a longer run.)
 
1980Mount St. Helens erupts in southwest Washington State, killing 60 people and causing over $3 billion in damages.
 
1966The Beatles finish recording the instrumental parts for Got To Get You Into My Life, at EMI Studios in London.
 
1947Seabiscuit, the world-famous thoroughbred race horse, dies at the age of 14.
Uncle Woody sez: Go to any carnival today, and there on the midway at the horserace game, you'll find that 'Seabiscuit' lives on.

 
1933The Tennessee Valley Authority is created.
 
1914The first steam-powered cargo vessel passes through the newly-completed Panama Canal.
 
1860Abraham Lincoln is nominated by the Republican party as their candidate for the US presidential elections.
 
1804Napoleon Bonaparte is proclaimed emperor by the French Senate.
 
1798  Benjamin Stoddert is appointed as the first US Secretary of the Navy.
 
1642The Canadian City of Montreal is founded.
 
1588The Spanish Armada sets sail for England.
 
1152  King Henry II of England marries Eleanor of Aquitane.
 

Born today:

1951  James Stephens - actor

1950  Rodney Milburn, Jr. - hurdler (Olympic Gold Medal, 1972)

1948  Joe Bonsall - singer (The Oak Ridge Boys)

1946  Reggie Jackson - baseball player, Hall of Famer (563 career HRs; all-time strikeout leader: 2,597)

1937  Brooks Robinson - baseball 3rd baseman, Hall of Famer

1931  Robert Morse - actor

1928  Pernell Roberts - actor

1924  Jack Whitaker - TV and radio sportscaster

1920  Pope John Paul II  


John Paul II - 264th Roman Catholic Pope
(photo credit: NARA)
 

1919  Margot Fonteyn - ballerina

1914  Pierre Balmain - fashion designer

1912  Perry Como - singer

1911  Big Joe Turner - R&B singer

1902  Meredith Wilson - composer

1897  Frank Capra - film director (Oscar® winner 1934, 1936, 1938)

1868  Nicholas II - last Czar of Russia

 

 

Born today? Your sign of the Zodiac is:
Taurus (The Bull)   Taurus    

(The Bull)

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