What Happened on May 18


Historical Events

1765 – Fire destroys a large part of Montreal, Quebec
1864 – Battle of Yellow Bayou, Louisiana (Bayou de Glaize, Old Oaks)
1871 – Warren Wagon Train raid: Native American Comanche and Kiowa warriors attack a corn train led by Henry Warren near Graham, Texas, killing 7 waggoners. William T. Sherman pursues and captures 3 leaders, Satanta (White Bear), Satank (Sitting Bear) and Addo-eta ( Big Tree).
1974 – India becomes the sixth nation to explode an atomic bomb
1980 – Mount St Helens erupts in Washington state, causing the largest landslide in history, killing 57 people and costing $1 billion in damage
1990 – Edmonton right wing Jari Kurri sets record for scoring in a Stanley Cup Finals game with 3 goals and 2 assists in 7-2 win at Boston Garden

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Famous Birthdays

1871 – Franiska [Franny] zu Reventlow, German writer and feminist, born in Husum, Germany (d. 1918)
1926 – Dirch Passer, prolific Danish actor (Going for Broke; Mig og mafiaen), born in Østerbro, Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1980)
1951 – James Stephens, American actor (Paper Chase, Devil’s Island), born in Mount Kisco, New York
1956 – James Moginie, Australian rock musician, and songwriter (Midnight Oil – “Beds Are Burning”; “Blue Sky Mine”), born 64)
Kalamunda, Western Australia, Australia
1971 – Karyn Bye-Dietz, American ice hockey forward (Olympic Gold-1998 and Silver-2002), born in River Falls, Wisconsin
1971 – Desiree Horton, American helicopter pilot/television reporter, born in North Hollywood, California

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Famous Deaths

1410 – Rupert, King of Germany (1400-10), dies at 58
1956 – Maurice Tate, English cricket all-rounder (39 Tests, 155 wickets, 1 x 100, 5 x 50), dies at 60
1967 – Richard Ainley, British actor (I Dood It, As You Like It, Above Suspicion), dies from barbiturate poisoning at 56
1985 – Tex Terry, American actor (Apache Rose, Timberjack), dies at 82
2004 – Lincoln Kilpatrick, American actor (BJ-Leslie Uggams Show), dies at 72
2014 – Jerry Vale [Gennaro Vitaliano], American pop singer (“Arriverderci Roma”; “Have You Looked Into Your Heart”), dies at 83

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