Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/May 18

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This is a list of selected May 18 anniversaries that appears on the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial, or on a day that is or soon will be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.

Please note that the events listed on the Main Page are chosen based more on relative article quality and to maintain a mix of topics, not based solely on how important or significant their subjects are. Only 5–6 events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is not generally posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled May 18, 2019 featured article or the May 18, 2019 featured picture.

To report an error when this appears on the Main Page, see Main Page errors. Please remember that this list defers to the supporting articles, so it is best to achieve consensus and make any necessary changes there first.

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Armed Forces Day in the United States (2013) refimprove
1268Baibars and his Mamluk forces captured Antioch, capital of the crusader state, the Principality of Antioch. needs more footnotes
1848 – During the aftermath of the March Revolution in the German Confederation, the Frankfurt Parliament opened in Paulskirche, Frankfurt. needs more footnotes
1912 – The first Indian film, Shree Pundalik by Dadasaheb Torne, was released. refimprove section
1926Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson disappeared near California's Venice Beach, and generated much media coverage before being found 35 days later in Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. multiple issues
1933 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an act establishing the Tennessee Valley Authority to stimulate the economic development of the Tennessee Valley, a region particularly impacted by the Great Depression. refimprove
1944World War II: Polish forces under Lieutenant General Władysław Anders captured Monte Cassino, Italy, after a four-month battle. refimprove section
1948 – The first session of the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China convened in the then-Chinese capital of Nanjing. refimprove section
1953 – At Rogers Dry Lake, California, in her Canadair Sabre, American Jackie Cochran became the first female pilot to break the sound barrier. refimprove section
1958 – The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter, a supersonic interceptor aircraft, set a then-world speed record of 1,404.19 miles per hour (2,259.82 km/h). refimprove section
1965Eli Cohen, a spy who is credited with gathering significant intelligence for Israel in the Six-Day War against Syria, was publicly hanged after having been captured four months earlier. refimprove section
1980A popular uprising against the nationwide martial law imposed by South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan's government began in Gwangju, but it was ultimately crushed by the army about nine days later. unreferenced section
1991 – The Somali National Movement declared the independence of Somaliland, a de facto state that is internationally recognised as an autonomous region of Somalia, following the collapse of central government during the Somali Civil War. refimprove
2005 – A second photo by the Hubble Space Telescope confirmed the discovery of two new moons of Pluto: Nix and Hydra. Nix: needs expansion



May 18: Flag and Universities Day in Haiti; Day of Revival, Unity, and the Poetry of Magtymguly in Turkmenistan

Vietnamese refugees transferring ships
Vietnamese refugees transferring ships

John George Children (b. 1777) · Thomas Midgley Jr. (b. 1889) · Ian Curtis (d. 1980)

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