Today is Monday, May 18th. It’s HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, I Love Reese’s Day, International Museum Day, National No Dirty Dishes Day, and National Visit Your Relatives Day
There are 7 days until Memorial Day
There are 34 days until Father’s Day
There are 47 days until the 4th of July
Today is the day that…
— in 1860, The Republican Party nominates Abraham Lincoln for president
— in 1897, “Dracula,” by Irish author Bram Stoker, is first published
— in 1903, itching powder was invented
— in 1920, Pope John Paul II was born Karol Wojtyla near Krakow, Poland
— in 1933, The first major league All-Star Game is announced for July 6th at Comiskey Park as part of the Chicago World’s Fair
— in 1964, The U.S. Supreme Court rules it unconstitutional to deprive naturalized citizens of citizenship if they return to their home country for more than three years
— in 1966, Sixteen-year-old Bruce Springsteen records for the first time when his band, The Castiles, cut two songs (“Baby I” and “That’s What You Get”) at a studio in the Brick Mall Shopping Centre in New Jersey.
— in 1974, Ray Stevens hits #1 in America with his novelty song “The Streak”
— in 1975, The Bay City Rollers appear at BBC Radio’s “Fun Day” at the Mallory Park racetrack in Leicestershire, England, where they are set to perform on an island in the middle of a lake. When throngs of fans try to swim to the Rollers, mayhem ensues and they never get to perform.
— in 1978, The Buddy Holly Story, starring Gary Busey, is released in the US.
— also in 1978, The final episode of “Baretta” aired on ABC-TV
— in 1980, Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington state, causing the largest landslide in history, killing fifty-seven people and costing $1 billion in damage
— also in 1980, Drummer Peter Criss leaves KISS, and is replaced by Eric Carr. Both Criss and Ace Frehley return to the band in 1996.
— in 1981, After nearly 20 years with Motown Records, Diana Ross leaves the label and signs a record $20 million contract with RCA
— in 1983, The U.S. Senate revises immigration laws, gives millions of undocumented immigrants legal status under an amnesty program
— in 1985, Simple Minds go to #1 with “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” from the movie The Breakfast Club
— also in 1985, ABC’S “Nightline” aired live from South Africa, the first time the show was broadcast from a remote location.
— in 1993, President Clinton received a $200 haircut while Air Force One sat on a runway at LAX
— in 1996, Soundgarden perform for the first and only time on Saturday Night Live
— in 1998, The final episode of “Murphy Brown” aired on CBS after 10 seasons. It would have a lackluster one-season revival in 2018.
— in 2000, a bill was finally passed that removed the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse
— in 2001, the animated movie “Shrek” debuts, starring the voice talents of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz
— in 2004, Randy Johnson became the oldest pitcher in major league history to throw a perfect game; the 40-year-old lefty retired all 27 batters to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Atlanta Braves 2-0.
— in 2011, John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for the 1967 Beatles song ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ sold for $237,132 at an auction in the U.S.
— and in 2014, voters in Switzerland rejected a $25-an-hour minimum wage, which would have made it the highest in the world
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