Today in History: May 18

Today in History: May 18

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0526

St. John I ends his reign as Catholic Pope.

1643

Queen Anne, the widow of Louis XIII, is granted sole and absolute power as regent by the Paris parliament, overriding the late king's will.

1652

A law is passed in Rhode Island banning slavery in the colonies but it causes little stir and seems unlikely to be enforced.

1792

Russian troops invade Poland.

1802

Britain declares war on France.

1804

Napoleon Bonaparte becomes the Emperor of France.

1828

The Battle of Las Piedras, between Uruguay and Brazil, ends.

1860

Abraham Lincoln is nominated for president.

1864

The fighting at Spotsylvania in Virginia, reaches its peak at the Bloody Angle.

1896

The Supreme Court's decision on Plessy v. Ferguson upholds the "separate but equal" policy in the United States.

1904

Brigand Raisuli kidnaps American Ion H. Perdicaris in Morocco.

1917

The U.S. Congress passes the Selective Service act, calling up soldiers to fight World War I.

1931

Japanese pilot Seiji Yoshihara crashes his plane in the Pacific Ocean while trying to be the first to cross the ocean nonstop. He is picked up seven hours later by a passing ship.

1933

President Franklin Roosevelt signs the Tennessee Valley Authority Act.

1942

New York ends night baseball games for the rest of World War II.

1944

The Allies finally capture Monte Cassino in Italy.

1951

The United Nations moves its headquarters to New York city.

1969

Two battalions of the 101st Airborne Division assault Hill 937 but cannot reach the top because of muddy conditions.

1974

India becomes the sixth nation to explode an atomic bomb.

1980

After rumbling for two months, Mount Saint Helens, in Washington, erupts 3 times in 24 hours.