What happened This day in History on May 18th

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1980 U.S.A. Mount St. Helens 18th May 1980 : Mount St. Helens located in the Cascade Range erupted and blasted 1,300 ft off it's top that sent hot mud, gas and ashes running down it's slopes 9 casualties have so far been identified with a further 48 persons missing presumed dead, the explosion sent plumes of dark gray ash some 60,000 feet in the air which blocked out the rays from the sun making it seem like night over eastern Washington.

1940 World War II Aircraft 18th May 1940 : Below are some of the planes used in World War II war by both sides
Bristol Bomber England1940 Bristol Bomber England
Heinkel German Bomber1940 Heinkel German Bomber
Supermarine Spitfire Fighter Plane Britain1940 Supermarine Spitfire Fighter Plane Britain
Messerschmidt fighter plane Germany1940 Messerschmidt fighter plane Germany

1921 U.S.A. Typhus Ellis Island Wednesday, 18th May 1921 : Following a case of Typhus Ellis Island has been under quarantine. More than 1,700 immigrants who may have come in contact are also in quarantine while the island is fumigated and cleaned up , it will several days before the island is opened again for immigration.

1929 U.S.A. Al Capone 18th May 1929 : Al Capone is today in prison following his plea of guilty to the minor charge of carrying a concealed weapon, it is believed he pled guilty to these offences to help him stay safe in prison, he is best known for his domination of the Chicago Beer Runners and is believed to have been behind the St Valentines Day massacre.

1930 U.S.A. Strengthening Prohibition Enforcement 18th May 1930 : Following pressure from the temperance movement , President Hoover has recommended strengthening the prohibition enforcement by moving enforcement to the justice department. This places the day to day dry rules under Attorney General Mitchell, It is also proposed to strengthen and unify border patrols.

1940 World War II 18th May : Germany continues in it's quest for control of Europe and has captured Antwerp and continuing it's push to Paris with a multi pronged attack, the allies are fighting hard to keep control of Flanders , but Germany has superiority in the air and flame throwing tanks. In the USA President Roosevelt is asking industrialists to increase production of aircraft to help the allies.

1950 England NATO 18th May 1950 : 12 nations agree to the creation of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation / NATO a permanent organisation for the defence of the United States and Europe. The 12 nations included in the beginning are Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Britain, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and the United States.

1964 England MODS and Rockers Whitsun Weekend Fights 18th May 1964 : Large numbers of Mods and Rockers involved in violent clashes at a number of seaside resorts on the south coast of England are given prison sentences following the Whitsun weekend when hundreds were arrested in Brighton, Margate, Bournemouth and Clacton following running battles between police and up to 1,000 Mods and Rockers.
The Mods and Rockers also had mass fights between the two gangs on the local beaches and promenades.
Mods wore designer suits and Parka jackets and rode Vespa or Lambretta scooters bedecked with mirrors with favourite bands including The Who.
Rockers wore leathers and rode motorbikes with no crash helmets with favourite music including Elvis Presley.

1969 U.S.A. Apollo 10 18th May 1969 : Apollo 10 takes off for the dry run for Apollo 11's mission to land a man on the moon later in the year

1973 U.S.A. General John Mitchell 18th May 1973 : Former Attorney General John Mitchell has vowed he will not become the fall guy for the Watergate Scandal and predicted President Nixon would ether resign or be impeached due to the Watergate affair

1974 India Becomes Nuclear Power 18th May 1974 : India successfully detonates its first nuclear weapon making India the world's sixth nuclear power joining the existing the 5 existing Nuclear Powers of United States, the Soviet Union, Great Britain, China, and France. The Nuclear Bomb was a fission bomb similar in explosive power to the U.S. atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.

1989 China Protesters Demand More Democratic Political System 18th May 1989 : One million protesters take to the streets marching through the streets of Beijing calling for a more democratic political system. Just a few weeks later in Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government put an end to protests by the use of force and crushed the protests.

1991 Great Britain Helen Sharman 18th May 1991 : Britain's first astronaut, 27-year-old Helen Sharman aboard the Soviet Soyuz TM-12 space capsule becomes the first Britain in Space.

1998 U.S.A. Microsoft Anti-Trust Case 18th May 1998 : The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and twenty U.S. states file a case that alleged that Microsoft Corp. abused it's monopoly power in its handling of operating system sales and web browser sales.
The case revolved around Microsoft should be allowed to bundle its flagship Internet Explorer (IE) web browser software with its Microsoft Windows operating system.

Italy 2006 Italy Italian Prime Minister Speaks on Iraq War 18th May, 2006 : The newly elected Italian Prime Minister, Romano Prodi, denounced the war in Iraq and stated his intentions to pull Italian troops out of Iraq.

Netherlands 2007 Netherlands Gorilla Loose in Zoo 18th May, 2007 : A four hundred pound gorilla named Bokito escaped from its holding area at the Rotterdam Zoo in the Netherlands. The eleven-year-old gorilla climbed out of its enclosure and injured several people before zookeepers were able evacuate the zoo and sedate him with a dart.

Lithuania 2009 Lithuania Lithuania Elects First Female President 18th May, 2009 : Dalia Grybauskaite was elected Lithuania's president with sixty-eight percent of the vote, becoming the first female president in that country. She was the European Union budget commissioner, and was viewed as an fair and level-headed leader by many voters who looked for a leader to face and combat a declining economy and domestic tensions.

United States 2011 United States Man Eats 25,00th Big Mac 18th May, 2011 : Don Gorske of the state of Wisconsin, ate his record-breaking 25,000th Bic Mac. The retired prison guard had been keeping track of his consumption of the McDonald's burger for thirty-nine years and keeps close track of his overall consumption. Despite doctors not recommending this diet, Gorske maintained a healthy weight and low cholesterol.

United States 2012 United States Maryland Recognizes Same-Sex Divorce
5th May, 2012 : The highest court in the US state of Maryland has ruled that same-sex divorce is legal in the state even though same-sex marriage is not yet legal. Gay marriage was made legal in the state in March but would not come into effect until January of the next year.

2013 France French President Signs Gay Marriage Bill

18th May, 2013 : Francois Hollande, France's president, signed the bill making gay marriage legal in the country into law. France became the ninth European country to legalize gay marriage, and the fourteenth in the world to do so. The first gay marriages were set to take place ten days after the signing of the bill.