Today is Wednesday, May 18, the 138th day of 2022. There are 227 days left in the year.
Today’s moment of history:
On May 18, 1980, the St. Helens Volcano erupted in Washington, D.C., killing or missing 57 people.
In 1652, Rhode Island became the first American colony to pass a law abolishing African slavery; however, apparently the law was never obeyed.
In 1863, during the Civil War, the siege of Vicksburg began, which ended on July 4 with the victory of the Union.
In 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court in Plesi v. Ferguson approved “separate but equal” racial segregation, a concept that was abandoned 58 years later by Brown v. Topic Education Council.
In 1910, Halley’s Comet passed by the Earth, catching its tail.
In 1927, during the deadliest attack on a school in America, part of a school building in Bath, Michigan, was blown up by an explosive device planted by local farmer Andrew Kehoe, who then detonated a bomb in his truck; the attacks killed 38 children and six adults, including Keho, who had previously killed his wife. (Authorities said Keho, who was experiencing financial difficulties, was seeking revenge for losing the city clerk’s election.)
In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure establishing the Tennessee Valley Administration.
In 1934, Congress approved and President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the so-called Lindbergh Act, which provides for the death penalty in interstate abductions.
In 1973, Harvard law professor Archibald Cox was appointed by the Watergate Special Attorney General by U.S. Attorney General Elliott Richardson.
In 1981, the gay newspaper New York Native published an article about rumors of a “new exotic disease” among homosexuals; it was the first published report on what became known as AIDS.
In 1998, the U.S. government filed an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft, claiming that a powerful software company was holding out competitors, denying consumers important choices about how they buy and use computers. (The Department of Justice and Microsoft reached an agreement in 2001.)
In 2015, President Barack Obama halted lengthy federal transfers of some weapons to local law enforcement in an attempt to ease tensions between police and minority communities, saying equipment made for combat should not be an instrument of U.S. criminal justice.
In 2020, President Donald Trump said he was taking malaria medication, hydroxychloroquine and zinc supplementation to protect against the coronavirus, despite warnings from his own government that the drug should only be used in a hospital or research setting. Moderna has announced that an experimental coronavirus vaccine has shown encouraging results in early testing.
Ten years ago: the social network Facebook debuted in trade with one of the most anticipated IPOs in Wall Street history; however, by the end of the day Facebook shares had closed only 23 cents from the original price of $ 38. In his first meeting with President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande (‘frahn-SWAH’ oh-LAWND ‘) said he would withdraw all French troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year.
Five years ago, President Donald Trump condemned the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate his campaign’s potential ties to Russia, repeatedly calling it an unprecedented “witch hunt” that “hurts our country terribly.” Roger Ayles, who created and directed the Fox News Channel for two decades before being fired for alleged sexual harassment, has died in Palm Beach, Florida, at the age of 77.
A year ago: Palestinians across Israel and the occupied territories went on strike in rare collective protest against Israeli policies; The action took place when Israeli missiles shot down a six-story building in Gaza, and militants in the territory controlled by Hamas fired dozens of missiles, killing two people. The New York Attorney General’s Office has said it is conducting a criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump’s business empire, expanding what was previously a civilian investigation. Actor and writer Charles Grodin, whose films included “Northern Run” and “Heartbroken Child”, has died in Connecticut from bone marrow cancer at the age of 86.
Today’s Birthday: Actor Priscilla Pointer is 98 years old. Brooks Robinson’s Baseball Hall of Fame is 84 years old. Actor Candice Azzara is 81 years old. Singer and musician Rodney Dillards – 80. Reggie Senmer Baseball Hall of Fame – 76. Good luck, DN.M., 74. Country singer Joe Bonsol (The Oak Ridge Boys) – 74. Rick’s rock music Wakeman (yes) – 73. Rock singer Mark Mastersbau (Devo) – 72. Actor James Stevens – 71 years old. Country singer George Straight – 70. Actor Chow Yun-Fat – 67. International Tennis Hall member Yannick Noah – 62. Rock singer-musician Paige Hamilton – 62. Contemporary Christian musician Barry Graul (MercyMe) – 61 years old. Contemporary Christian singer Michael Tate is 56. Singer-actor Martik is 53 years old. Comedy writer Tina Faye 52. Rock singer Jack Johnson 47. Country singer David Neil 43. Actor Matt Long 42. Actor Allen Lychu is 41 years old. Christian singer Francesca Batisteli – 37. Actor Spencer Breslin 30. Actor Violet Bean – 26. Actor Hal Finley and 13.
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