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May 18 Historical Events

The following events took place on May 18. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 57 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 332
    Constantine the Great announced free distributions of food to the citizens in Constantinople.
  • 1096
    First Crusade: Around 800 Jews are massacred in Worms, Germany
  • 1152
    Henry II of England marries Eleanor of Aquitaine.
  • 1268
    The Principality of Antioch, a crusader state, falls to the Mamluk Sultan Baibars in the Siege of Antioch.
  • 1291
    Fall of Acre, the end of Crusader presence in the Holy Land
  • 1302
    Bruges Matins, the nocturnal massacre of the French garrison in Bruges by members of the local Flemish militia.
  • 1388
    During the Battle of Buyur Lake, General Lan Yu led a Chinese army forward to crush the Mongol hordes of Tögüs Temür, the Khan of Northern Yuan.
  • 1499
    Alonso de Ojeda sets sail from Cádiz on his voyage to what is now Venezuela.
  • 1565
    The Great Siege of Malta begins, in which Ottoman forces attempt and fail to conquer Malta.
  • 1565
    The Royal Audiencia of Concepción is created by a decree of Philip II of Spain.
  • 1593
    Playwright Thomas Kyd’s accusations of heresy lead to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe.
  • 1631
    In Dorchester, Massachusetts, John Winthrop takes the oath of office and becomes the first Governor of Massachusetts.
  • 1652
    Rhode Island passes the first law in English-speaking North America making slavery illegal.
  • 1756
    The Seven Years’ War begins when Great Britain declares war on France.
  • 1763
    Fire destroys a large part of Montreal
  • 1783
    First United Empire Loyalists reach Parrtown (later called Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after leaving the United States.
  • 1803
    Napoleonic Wars: The United Kingdom revokes the Treaty of Amiens and declares war on France.
  • 1804
    Napoleon Bonaparte is proclaimed Emperor of the French by the French Senate.
  • 1811
    Battle of Las Piedras: The first great military triumph of the revolution of the Río de la Plata in Uruguay led by José Artigas.
  • 1812
    John Bellingham is found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging for the assassination of British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval.
  • 1843
    The Disruption in Edinburgh of the Free Church of Scotland from the Church of Scotland.
  • 1848
    Opening of the first German National Assembly (Nationalversammlung) in Frankfurt, Germany.
  • 1860
    Abraham Lincoln wins the Republican Party presidential nomination over William H. Seward, who later becomes the United States Secretary of State.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: The Siege of Vicksburg begins.
  • 1896
    The United States Supreme Court rules in Plessy v. Ferguson that the “separate but equal” doctrine is constitutional.
  • 1896
    Khodynka Tragedy: A mass panic on Khodynka Field in Moscow during the festivities of the coronation of Russian Tsar Nicholas II results in the deaths of 1,389 people.
  • 1900
    The United Kingdom proclaims a protectorate over Tonga.
  • 1910
    The Earth passes through the tail of Comet Halley.
  • 1912
    The first Indian film, Shree Pundalik by Dadasaheb Torne is released in Mumbai.
  • 1917
    World War I: The Selective Service Act of 1917 is passed, giving the President of the United States the power of conscription.

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