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5/18/2020 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - May 18

Reprinted By Permission
From OnThisDay.com


Today in History in 1804 Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed Emperor of France by the French Senate; in 1897 Dracula, a novel by Irish author Bram Stoker was published; and in 1952 country singer George Strait was born in Pearsall, Texas.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1291 - Sultan of Egypt & his son take last Christian stronghold of Acre
  • 1804 - Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed Emperor of France by the French Senate
  • 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.
  • 1897 - Dracula, a novel by Irish author Bram Stoker is published.
  • 2009 - Sri Lankan Civil War: The LTTE are defeated by the Sri Lankan government, ending almost 26 years of fighting between the two sides.


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Famous Birthdays

  • 1048 - Omar Khayyám, Persian mathematician, poet and philosopher (d. 1131)
  • 1868 - Nicholas II Alexandrovich, last tsar of Russia (1894-1917)
  • 1897 - Frank Capra, Ital, director (It’s a Wonderful Life, Arsenic & Old Lace)
  • 1920 - John Paul II, [Karol Wojtyla], Wadowice, Poland, 264th Roman Catholic Pope (1978-2005)
  • 1946 - Reggie Jackson, Wyncote Pennsylvania, "Mr. October" baseball right fielder (Yankees, A's)
  • 1952 - George Strait, Pearsall Tx, country singer (All My Exes Live in Texas)
  • 1970 - Tina Fey, Upper Darby Township, Pennsylvania, American writer/actress (Saturday Night Live)

Famous Weddings

  • 1152 - Henry II of England marries Eleanor of Aquitaine
  • 1964 - Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore (19) weds Margrit Volkmar
  • 1996 - NFL Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly (36) weds former marketing director Jill Waggoner (27) at St. Christopher's Catholic Church in suburban Buffalo
  • 1996 - "As the World Turns" actor Shawn Christian (30) weds personal trainer Deborah Quinn in Gun Lake, Michigan
  • 1996 - Heavyweight boxer Tommy Morrison (27) weds Dawn Freeman

Famous Divorces

  • 1989 - Lisa Strawberry files for divorce from Darryl

Famous Deaths

  • 1781 - Túpac Amaru II, Peruvian Indian revolutionary, a descendant of the last Inca ruler, Túpac Amaru (b. 1742)
  • 1967 - Andy Clyde, Hopalong Cassidy's sidekick, dies at 75
  • 1973 - Jeannette Rankin, 1st Congresswoman (1917-19, 41-43) and pacifist, dies at 92
  • 1995 - Elizabeth Montgomery, actress (Bewitched), dies of cancer at 62
  • 2014 - Jerry Vale, American singer, dies at 83


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