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This Day In History: May 18

This Day in History

1291: The last major stronghold of the Crusaders in Palestine , Acre (now Akko, Israel), falls to the armies of the Mameluke dynasty.
1917: A conscription law is passed, requiring the registration of all U.S. males aged 21 to 31.
1933: An act of Congress creates the Tennessee Valley Authority.
1969: The Apollo 10 spacecraft is launched, the first lunar module to orbit the Moon.
1974: India sets off its first nuclear device.
1980: The volcano Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington state after lying dormant for 123 years.
1998: The Department of Justice and 20 states filed an antitrust case against Microsoft.

Today's Birthdays

1814: Mikhail Bakunin, anarchist/revolutionary leader (Russia; died 1876)
1868: Nicholas II, emperor of Russia (Tsarskoye Selo, Russia--now Pushkin; died 1918)
1872: Bertrand Russell, philosopher/mathematician (Britain; died 1970)
1883: Walter Gropius, architect and educator (Berlin, Germany; died 1969)
1891: Rudolf Carnap, philosopher (Ronsdorf, Germany; died 1970)
1892: Ezio Pinza, opera singer (Rome, Italy; died 1957)
1897: Frank Capra, director (Palermo, Sicily; died 1991)
1902: Meredith Willson, composer/playwright/musician (Mason City, IA; died 1984)
1904: Jacob Javits, New York senator (New York, NY; died 1986)
1912: Perry Como, singer (Canonsburg, PA; died 2001)
1919: Margot Fonteyn, ballerina (Reigate, Surrey, England; died 1991)
1920: Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla), pope (Wadowice, Poland; died 2005)
1930: Pernell Roberts, actor (Waycross, GA)
1931: Robert Morse, actor (Newton, MA)
1937: Brooks Robinson, baseball player (Little Rock, AR)
1946: Reggie Jackson, baseball player (Wyncote, PA)
1952: George Strait, country singer/musician (Pearsall, TX)
1955: Yun-Fat Chow, actor (Hong Kong)

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