ON THIS DAY: May 18, 2017

May 18th is

Cheese Soufflé Day

Buy a Musical Instrument Day *

International Museum Day *

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day *

National No Dirty Dishes Day
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MORE! Omar Khayyam, Margot Fonteyn and Jackie Cochran, click

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WORLD FESTIVALS AND NATIONAL HOLIDAYS

Voudon – Manger pour Gran’n Aloumandia (Feeding of Grandmother Aloumandia)

Haiti – Flag and University Day

Somalia – Somaliland

Sovereignty Restoration Day

Turkmenistan – Magtumguli
(Revival and Unity Day)

Uruguay – Battle of Las Piedras *
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On This Day in HISTORY

1048 – Omar Khayyam born, Persian poet, mathematician and astronomer



1152 – The wedding of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine; they will have five sons and three daughters

1291 – With the fall of the Crusader-controlled city of Acre to the Mamluks, the Crusaders lose control of their Kingdom of Jerusalem; no effective campaign is raised to recapture the Holy Lands

1593 – Playwright Thomas Kyd’s accusations of heresy may have led to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe; he is brought to court to await questioning by the Privy Council, but they were not meeting, so he has to keep coming to “give his daily attendance” but he is stabbed to death elsewhere on the 10th day, May 30th

1616 – Johann Froberger born, German composer, organist and harpsichordist



1642 – The Canadian city of Montreal is founded

1652 – Rhode Island passes the first law in English-speaking North America making slavery illegal

1811 – The Battle of Las Piedras * is the first military triumph of  the revolution of the Río de la Plata in Uruguay led by José Artigas

1846 – Peter Carl Fabergé born, Russian goldsmith, designer and jeweler


Fabergé Coronation Egg – Peter Carl Fabergé


1852 – Gertrude Käsebier born, American photographer, known for portraits of mothers and Native Americans, promoted photography as an occupation for women

1867 – Elisabeth L. Cary born, American author, art critic for the New York Times

1872 – Bertrand Russell born, English philosopher-logician, author; 1950 Nobel Prize for Literature



1883 – Walter Gropius born, German architect; helped found the Bauhaus school

1892 – Ezio Pinza born, Italian-born operatic bass and actor



1896 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Plessy v. Ferguson that the “separate but equal” doctrine is constitutional

1897 – Frank Capra born, American film director, three-time winner of Best Director Oscars; It Happened One Night, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Lost Horizons



1902 – Meredith Wilson born, American composer and playwright; wrote the book, lyrics and music for the The Music Man; Buy a Musical Instrument Day * is started by his fans

1907 – Irene Hunt born, American author, historical novels written for children, Newbery Medal winner for Up a Road Slowly. Across Five Aprils

1912 – The first Indian film, Shree Pundalik, is released in Mumbai

1914 – Pierre Balmain born, French couturier


Pierre Balmain – Actress Patricia Morison in 1950 Balmain gown


1919 – Dame Margot Fonteyn born, British ballerina, appointed Prima Ballerina Assoluta of The Royal Ballet



1917 – The Selective Service Act of 1917 is passed, giving the U.S. President the power of conscription

1922 – Gerda Boyesen born, Norwegian psychologist, founder of Biodynamic Psychology

1925 – Lillian Hoban, American author, illustrator and dancer with the Martha Graham troupe; children’s picture book series, Arthur the Chimpanzee and Frances the Badger

1933 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs an act creating the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

1939 – Silvana Armenulić born, Bosnian folk singer, “The Queen of Sevdalinka”



1951 – The United Nations moves into its permanent New York City headquarters

1953 – Jackie Cochran becomes the first female pilot to break the sound barrier



1955 – Operation Passage to Freedom, the evacuation of 310,000 Vietnamese civilians, soldiers and non-Vietnamese members of the French Army from communist North Vietnam to South Vietnam following the end of the First Indochina War, is completed

1969 – NASA’s Apollo 10 is launched, a manned mission to orbit the Moon

1977 – The first International Museum Day * is organized by the International Council of Museums to emphasize the importance of museums to the development of society; 3,000 museums in over 120 countries now have events and activities on this day

1980 – Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington State explodes; 57 people are killed, thousands of animals die, and damages reach over $1 billion



1991 – Chemist Helen Sharman becomes the first Briton in space when the Soyuz TM-12 mission is launched; she performed medical and agricultural tests as well as photographing the British Isles

1998 – The federal government files an antitrust case against Microsoft Corporation

2010 – HIV Vaccine Awareness Day * is organized by the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH-NIAID)



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About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 45 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband and a bewildered Border Collie.
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