Today in History (May 18)

Today is Tuesday, May 18, the 137th day of 2022. There are 228 days left in the year. This is today in history.

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  • In 1980, the Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington state exploded, leaving 57 people dead or missing.
  • In 1910, Halley’s Comet passed by earth, brushing it with its tail.
  • In 1927, in America’s deadliest school attack, part of a schoolhouse in Bath Township, Michigan, was blown up with explosives planted by local farmer Andrew Kehoe, who then set off a bomb in his truck; the attacks killed 38 children and six adults.


  • In 1963, The Beatles began their first tour of the UK as headliners.
  • In 1980, singer Ian Curtis of the new wave band Joy Division was found dead of an apparent suicide outside Manchester, U.K. He was 23.
  • In 1998, the last episode of “Murphy Brown” aired on CBS. The show was revived in 2018.


  • In 1652, Rhode Island became the first American colony to pass a law abolishing African slavery; however, the law was apparently never enforced.
  • In 1863, the Siege of Vicksburg began during the Civil War, ending July 4 with a Union victory.
  • In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure creating the Tennessee Valley Authority.


Actor Priscilla Pointer is 98. Baseball Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson is 84. Actor Candice Azzara is 81. Bluegrass singer-musician Rodney Dillard (The Dillards) is 80. Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson is 76. Former Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., is 74. Country singer Joe Bonsall (The Oak Ridge Boys) is 74. Rock musician Rick Wakeman (Yes) is 73. Rock singer Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo) is 72. Actor James Stephens is 71. Country singer George Strait is 70. Actor Chow Yun-Fat is 67. International Tennis Hall of Famer Yannick Noah is 62. Rock singer-musician Page Hamilton is 62. Contemporary Christian musician Barry Graul (MercyMe) is 61. Contemporary Christian singer Michael Tait is 56. Singer-actor Martika is 53. Comedian-writer Tina Fey is 52. Rock singer Jack Johnson is 47. Country singer David Nail is 43. Actor Matt Long is 42. Actor Allen Leech is 41. Christian singer Francesca Battistelli is 37. Actor Spencer Breslin is 30. Actor Violett Beane is 26. Actor Hala Finley is 13.

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