Today in history 5/18/2020

WordleCh1-50Today in history, Queen Anne, the widow of Louis XIII, is granted sole and absolute power as regent by the Paris parliament, overriding the late king’s will in 1643.

Today in history, Russian troops invade Poland in 1792.

Today in historyNapoleon Bonaparte (see picture below) becomes the Emperor of France in 1804.

Today in historyAbraham Lincoln (see picture below) is nominated for president in 1860.

Today in history, The U.S. Congress passes the Selective Service act, calling up soldiers to fight World War I in 1917.

Today in history, President Franklin Roosevelt (see picture below) signs the Tennessee Valley Authority Act in 1933.

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Today in history, New York ends night baseball games for the rest of World War II in 1942.

Today in history, After rumbling for two months, Mount Saint Helens, in Washington, erupts 3 times in 24 hours in 1980.

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Today in history, Abd-al-Rahman is proclaimed emir of Cordoba, Spain in 756.

Today in history, King John submits to the Pope, offering to make England and Ireland papal fiefs. Pope Innocent III lifts the interdict of 1208 in 1213.

Today in history, English navigator Bartholomew Gosnold discovers Cape Cod in 1602.

Today in history, Johannes Kepler (see picture below) discovers his harmonics law in 1618.

Today in historyNapoleon enters the Lombardian capital of Milan in triumph in 1795.

Today in history, The U.S. Congress designates the slave trade a form of piracy in 1820.

Today in history, At the Battle of New Market, Virginia Military Institute cadets repel a Union attack in 1864.

Today in history, Pfc. Henry Johnson and Pfc. Needham Roberts (see picture below) receive the Croix de Guerre for their services in World War I. They are the first Americans to win France’s highest military medal in 1918.

Today in history, Ellen Church (see picture below) becomes the first airline stewardess in 1930.

Today in historySputnik III is launched by the Soviet Union in 1958.

Today in history, The last Project Mercury space flight, carrying Gordon Cooper, is launched in 1963.

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Today in history, The USS Constellation captures the French frigate Insurgente off the West Indies in 1799.

Today in history, The House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams, sixth U.S. President in 1825.

Today in history, Union General George Armstrong Custer marries Elizabeth Bacon in their hometown of Monroe, Mich. in 1864.

Today in history, Japanese troops land near Seoul, Korea, after disabling two Russian cruisers in 1904.

Today in history, The U.S. Congress establishes the World War Foreign Debt Commission in 1922.

Today in history, Chiang Kai-shek meets with Sir Stafford Cripps, the British viceroy in India in 1942.

Today in history, The Red Army takes back Kursk 15 months after it fell to the Germans in 1943.

Today in history, Actress Greta Garbo gets U.S. citizenship in 1951.

Today in history, Nelson Mandela becomes the first black president of South Africa in 1994.

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Today in history, The Roman Emperor Nerva names Trajan, an army general, as his successor in 0028.

Today in history, Henry VIII of England dies and is succeeded by his nine-year-old son Edward VI in 1547.

Today in history, Ahmed Shah, the first King of Afghanistan, occupies Delhi and annexes the Punjab in 1757.

Today in history, Surrounded by Prussian troops and suffering from famine, the French army in Paris surrenders. During the siege, balloons were used to keep contact with the outside world in 1871.

Today in history, The German navy attacks the U.S. freighter William P. Frye, loaded with wheat for Britain in 1915.

Today in history, The U.S. Coast Guard is founded to fight contraband trade and aid distressed vessels at sea in 1915.

Today in history, Albert Einstein startles Berlin by suggesting the possibility of measuring the universe in 1921.

Today in history, The Japanese attack Shanghai, China, and declare martial law in 1932.

Today in history, French General Charles DeGaulle‘s Free French forces sack south Libya oasis in 1941.

Today in history, Chiang Kai-shek renames the Ledo-Burma Road the Stilwell Road, in honor of General Joseph Stilwell in 1945.

Today in history, The U.S. Congress passes a bill allowing mobilization of troops if China should attack Taiwan in 1955.

Today in history, The space shuttle Challenger explodes just after liftoff in 1986.

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Today in history, Russian Grand Duke Alexis goes on a gala buffalo hunting expedition with Gen. Phil Sheridan and Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer in 1872.

Today in history, The British-Zulu War begins. British troops — under Lieutenant General Frederic Augustus — invade Zululand from the southern African republic of Natal in 1879.

Today in history, A wireless message is sent long-distance for the first time from the Eiffel Tower in Paris in 1908.

Today in history, The U.S. Congress establishes Rocky Mountain National Park in 1915.

Today in history, Oliver Wendell Holmes retires from the Supreme Court at age 90 in 1932.

Today in history, Soviet forces raise the siege of Leningrad in 1943.

Today in history, The Viet Minh cut the supply lines to the French forces in Hoa Binh, Vietnam in 1952.

Today in history, The U.S. Congress gives the green light to military action against Iraq in the Persian Gulf Crisis in 1991.

Today in history, Nineteen European nations agree to prohibit human cloning in 1998.