Who enjoys learning new facts? I find learning adds fun to life. Here are 12 Odd But True Events From May 18.
332 Constantine the Great announced free distributions of food to the citizens in Constantinople.
1631 – John Winthrop takes the oath of office and becomes the first Governor of Massachusetts.
1652 – Rhode Island passes the first law in English-speaking North America making slavery illegal.
1860 – Abraham Lincoln wins the Republican Party presidential nomination over William H. Seward, who later becomes the United States Secretary of State.
1896 – The United States Supreme Court rules in Plessy v. Ferguson that the "separate but equal" doctrine is constitutional.
1910 – The Earth passes through the tail of Halley's Comet.
1912 – The first Shree Pundalik by Dadasaheb Torne is released in Mumbai.
1917 – The Selective Service Act of 1917 is passed, giving the President of the United States the power of conscription or mandatory drafting of male citizens into the military.
1926 -- Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson disappears while visiting a Venice, California beach.
1953 – Jackie Cochran becomes the first woman to break the sound barrier.
1974 – Under project name Smiling Buddha, the country of India successfully detonates its first nuclear weapon becoming the sixth nation to do so.
1980 – Mount St. Helens erupts in the state of Washington, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage. A massive debris avalanche triggered by an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale caused an eruption that reduced the elevation of the mountain's summit from 9,677 feet to 8,365 feet, replacing it with a 1-mile-wide horseshoe-shaped crater. The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument was created to both preserve the volcano and allow scientists to study it.
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