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On May 18th, 1980, the Mount
St. Helens volcano in Washington state
exploded, leaving 57 people dead or missing.
On this date:
In 1642, the Canadian city of
Montreal was founded.
In 1804, the
French Senate proclaimed Napoleon Bonaparte
In 1896, the
Supreme Court endorsed "separate but
equal" racial segregation with its
"Plessy versus Ferguson" decision, a
ruling that was overturned 58 years later.
In 1897, a public
reading of Bram Stoker's new novel,
"Dracula, or, The Un-dead," was staged
evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson vanished while
visiting a beach in Venice, California; she
reappeared a month later, claiming to have been
In 1933, the
Tennessee Valley Authority was created.
In 1951, the
United Nations moved out of its temporary
headquarters in Lake Success, New York, for its
permanent home in Manhattan.
Jacqueline Cochran became the first woman to
break the sound barrier as she piloted a North
American F-86 Canadair over Rogers Dry Lake,
astronauts Eugene A. Cernan, Thomas P. Stafford
and John W. Young blasted off aboard "Apollo
In 1980, in the
South Korean city of Kwangju, townspeople and
students began a nine-day uprising that was
finally put down by troops.
Ten years ago: In
the face of heated student protests, the trustees
of all-women Mills College in Oakland,
California, voted to rescind their earlier
decision to admit men.
Five years ago:
Triumphant Republicans pushed a historic budget
through the House that they said would wring an
unprecedented $1.4 trillion in savings from
federal budgets over the next seven years. Ballet
dancer Alexander Godunov was found dead at age
45. Actress Elizabeth Montgomery died in Los
One year ago:
Georgette Smith, a Florida woman left paralyzed
from the neck down after being shot by her
elderly mother, won the right to be taken off
life support. (Smith died the next day, shortly
after being taken off a ventilator; her mother,
Shirley Egan, was later acquitted of attempted
murder.) Two Serb soldiers held as prisoners of
war by the US military were turned over to
"Life is a joke
that's just begun."
W.S. Gilbert, English librettist (1836-1911).