Holidays Calendar for May 18, 2016

Revival, Unity and Magtymguly Poetry Day is annually celebrated in Turkmenistan on May 18. This is a public holiday.

May 18 is Battle of Las Piedras Day in Uruguay. This is an official working holiday, that is mostly observed by schools and public officers.

Flag and Universities Day is observed in Haiti on May 18 every year. This holiday celebrates educational system as well as the creation of the flag of Haiti in 1803.

International Museum Day is annually celebrated on May 18 or around it. This is a great event with a specific theme, that involves thousands of museums around the world.

World AIDS Vaccine Day is observed annually on May 18. This observance is also known as HIV Vaccine Awareness Day.

The Baltic Fleet is the oldest Russian Navy formation. It was established by Peter the Great on May 18, 1703. This day became the date of Baltic Fleet Day.

May 18 is National Cheese Soufflé Day. Although savory soufflé is too light to be a main course, you can use it as a good addition to chicken and spinach.


This Day in History

  • 2011 Sol Líneas Aéreas Flight 5428 crashed in Prahuaniyeu, Argentina, killing all 22 people on board. The crash was caused by severe icing of the airframe.
  • 1995 Died: Alexander Godunov, Russian-American dancer and actor whose defection caused a diplomatic incident between the US and the USSR.
  • 1991 Northern Somalia proclaimed independence as the Republic of Somaliland. The independence of Somaliland is not recognized by the international community.
  • 1990 In France, a SNCF TGV Atlantique train achieved a new rail world speed record of 320.2 mph (515.3 km/h). The record was broken in 2007 by another TGV train.
  • 1987 Born: Luisana Lopilato, Argentine actress, model, and singer best known for her role as Mía Colucci on the television series Rebelde Way.
  • 1980 Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people. The eruption ash in 11 US states and 5 Canadian provinces.
  • 1980 Died: Ian Curtis, English singer-songwriter and musician who is best known as the lead singer of the rock band Joy Division. Curtis committed suicide.
  • 1975 Died: Leroy Anderson, American composer who is considered to be one of the greatest American masters of light orchestral music.
  • 1974 India successfully carried out its first nuclear weapon explosion under project Smiling Buddha, becoming the sixth nation to perform a nuclear test.
  • 1970 Born: Tina Fey, American actress, comedian, producer, and writer. She is best known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live.
  • 1965 Died: Eli Cohen, Israeli spy who is best known for his espionage work in Syria, where he even became the Chief Adviser to the Minister of Defense.
  • 1920 Born: Pope John Paul II (born Karol Józef Wojtyła), pope of the Catholic Church from 1978 until his death in 2005. He was the first non-Italian pope since 1523.
  • 1912 The first Indian film, Shree Pundalik was released in Mumbai. It was produced and directed by Dadasaheb Torne, who is considered the "Father of Indian cinema".
  • 1912 Born: Richard Brooks, American director, screenwriter, novelist, and producer. Among his best-known works are Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Elmer Gantry.
  • 1911 Died: Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer and conductor of Jewish decent. He is considered to be one of the leading conductors of his generation.
  • 1911 Born: Big Joe Turner (born Joseph Vernon Turner Jr.), American blues shouter who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
  • 1910 Died: Pauline Viardot, French mezzo-soprano, composer and pedagogue. She created her compositions mainly as private pieces for her students.
  • 1909 Died: George Meredith, English novelist, essayist, and poet of the Victorian era. One of his best known works is the 1879 novel The Egoist.
  • 1901 Born: Vincent du Vigneaud, American biochemist who was awarded the 1955 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the first synthesis of oxytocin.
  • 1891 Born: Rudolf Carnap, German and American philosopher who was an advocate of logical positivism and a major member of the Vienna Circle.
  • 1872 Born: Bertrand Russell, British philosopher, logician, historian mathematician, writer, political activist and social critic. He was awarded the 1950 Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • 1868 Born: Nicholas II of Russia, the last Emperor of Russia. He was abdicated at the end of the 1917 February Revolution and executed in 1918.
  • 1843 In Edinburgh, the Free Church of Scotland separated from the established Church of Scotland. This schism is known as the Disruption of 1843.
  • 1804 The French Senate proclaimed Napoleon Bonaparte Emperor of the French. His coronation took place on December 2 at Notre Dame de Paris.
  • 1800 Died: Alexander Suvorov, Russian general and national hero of Russia. He is one of the few generals in world history who never lost a battle.
  • 1799 Died: Pierre Beaumarchais, French playwright, publisher, diplomat, and revolutionary. He is primarily remembered for his Figaro plays.
  • 1781 Died: Túpac Amaru II (born José Gabriel Túpac Amaru), Peruvian-Indian leader of the 1780 indigenous uprising against the Spanish rule.
  • 1652 The Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations became the first colony in English-speaking North America to abolish slavery.
  • 1565 The Great Siege of Malta began, in which the Ottoman Empire invaded the island of Malta but failed to conquer it. It lasted until September 11, 1565.
  • 1048 Born: Omar Khayyám, Persian poet, philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician. He is primarily remembered for his short poems called rubāʿī.