2021 May

May 18: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on May 18

May 18th is Visit Your Relatives Day as well as No Dirty Dishes Day.

We’re now on the 138th day of the year, and have 227 days left.

Everyone who was born on May 18 shares the same zodiac sign, Taurus.

We have collected the most interesting historical events and facts that all happened on May 18th, this is a day you really don’t want to miss out on!

Did you know that on this day in 1917, the US Congress passed the Selective Service Act? This authorized the US to raise a national army for WWI through conscription.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about May 18th in history!

What Happened On May 18 In History?

2017

Chris Cornell, American musician of Soundgarden and Audioslave, committed suicide at age 52 by hanging.

1974

India had their first successful nuclear bomb test.

The assigned code name of the mission was "Smiling Buddha." The bomb was detonated on the army base Pokhran Test Range under the supervision of several key Indian generals.
1933

Tennessee Valley Act was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to build dams.

This was signed to provide economic development to the Tennessee Valley, an area affected by the Great Depression.
1927

The Chinese Theater opened in Hollywood, California, built in in Exotic Revival style architecture.

1917

The US Congress passed Selective Service Act.

OTD in 1917: The US Congress passed Selective Service Act.
This act mandated a military draft for all males aged 18 to 30 to register to potentially be chosen for military service. Approximately 2.8 million ended up being drafted into World War I.
1860

The Republican Party nominated Abraham Lincoln for president at the 1860 Republican National Convention.

1804

Napoleon Bonaparte was declared the Emperor of France by the French Senate.

OTD in 1804: Napoleon Bonaparte was declared the Emperor of France by the French Senate.
1803

Britain declared war on France after Napoleon Bonaparte continued interfering in Italy and Switzerland.

1593

Playwright Thomas Kyd’s accusations of treason led to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe who was his roommate.

1096

The Worms massacre began.

This massacre was the murder of approximately 800 Jew from Worms, Germany. The killings were done by crusaders after a rumor that the Jews had boiled a Christian alive, and used his corpse to contaminate water to poison the town's wells.

Did you know that on this day, May 18th 1917, the US Congress passed the Selective Service Act?