This day in history

Today is Saturday, May 18, the 138th day of 2013. There are 227 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Bill Macy is 91. Hall-of-Fame sportscaster Jack Whitaker is 89. Actor Robert Morse is 82. Actor Dwayne Hickman is 79. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Brooks Robinson is 76. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Reggie Jackson is 67. Country singer George Strait is 61. Rhythm-and-blues singer Butch Tavares (Tavares) is 60. Actor Chow Yun-Fat is 58. Comedian-writer Tina Fey is 43.

In 1642, the Canadian city of Montreal was founded by French colonists.


In 1765, about one-fourth of Montreal was destroyed by a fire.

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In 1863, the Siege of Vicksburg began during the Civil War, ending July 4 with a Union victory.

In 1896, the Supreme Court, in Plessy v. Ferguson, endorsed ‘‘separate but equal’’ racial
segregation, a concept renounced 58 years later in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.

In 1910, Halley’s Comet passed by Earth.

In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure creating the Tennessee Valley Authority.


In 1969, astronauts Eugene A. Cernan, Thomas P. Stafford, and John W. Young blasted off aboard Apollo 10 on a mission to orbit the moon.

In 1973, Harvard law professor Archibald Cox was appointed Watergate special prosecutor by US Attorney General Elliot Richardson.

In 1980, the Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington state exploded, leaving 57 people dead or missing.

In 2003, ‘‘Les Miserables’’ ended its run on Broadway after more than 16 years and 6,680 performances.