Friday, May 18, 2012

18th of May

Today is the 138th day of the year, with only 227 days remaining.

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 North America making slavery illegal.

1804 - Napoleon Bonaparte is proclaimed Emperor of the French by the French Senate.

1860 - Abraham Lincoln wins the Republican Party presidential nomination over William H. Seward, who later becomes the United States Secretary of State.

1896 - The Supreme Court rules in Plessy Vs. Ferguson that the "separate but equal" doctrine is constitutional.

1910 - The Earth passes through the tail of Halley's Comet.

1933 - President Franklin Rossevelt signs an act creating the Tennessee Valley Authority.

1955 - Operation Passage to Freedom end, as the evacuation of 310,000 Vietnamese civilians, soldiers, and non-Vietnamese members of the French Army from communist North Vietnam to South Vietnam following the end of the First Indochina War.

1958 - An F-104 Starfighter sets a world speed record of 1,404.19 mph (2.259.82 km/h).

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