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This Day in History: May 18

May 18: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?

(Page last edited 10/12/2017)

  1. 1652 - Rhode Island passes the first law in English-speaking North America making slavery illegal.
  2. 1896 - The United States Supreme Court rules in Plessy v. Ferguson that the "separate but equal" doctrine is constitutional.
  3. 1910 - The Earth passes through the tail of Comet Halley.
  4. 1969 - Apollo program: Apollo 10 is launched.
  5. 2005 - A second photo from the Hubble Space Telescope confirms that Pluto has two additional moons: Nix and Hydra.
  6. Famous Birthdays: John George Children (English chemist, mineralogist, and zoologist ), Bertrand Russell, 3rd Earl Russell (English mathematician, historian, and philosopher, Nobel Prize laureate), Walter Gropius (German-American architect, designed the John F. Kennedy Federal Building ), Thomas Midgley, Jr. (American chemist and engineer), Vincent du Vigneaud (American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate)

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