Today is Thursday, May 18, the 138th day of 2017. There are 227 days left in the year.
Birthdays: Actor Bill Macy is 95. Hall-of-Fame sportscaster Jack Whitaker is 93. Actor Robert Morse is 86. Baseball Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson is 80. Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson is 71. Oak Ridge Boys singer Joe Bonsall is 69. Yes pianist Rick Wakeman is 68. Country singer George Strait is 65. Rhythm-and-blues singer Butch Tavares is 64. Actor Chow Yun-Fat is 62. Comedian Tina Fey is 47. Singer Jack Johnson is 42.
In 1642, the Canadian city of Montreal was founded by French colonists.
In 1765, about one-fourth of Montreal was destroyed by a fire.
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 1927, in America’s deadliest school attack, part of a schoolhouse in Bath Township, Mich., was blown up with explosives planted by local farmer Andrew Kehoe, who then set off a bomb in his truck; the attacks killed 38 children and six adults, including Kehoe, who’d earlier killed his wife. (Authorities said Kehoe, who suffered financial difficulties, was seeking revenge for losing a township clerk election.)
In 1967, Tennessee Governor Buford Ellington signed a measure repealing the law against teaching evolution that was used to prosecute John T. Scopes in 1925.
In 1973, Harvard law professor Archibald Cox was appointed Watergate special prosecutor by Attorney General Elliot Richardson.
In 1980, the Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington state exploded, leaving 57 people dead or missing.
In 2012, Facebook made its trading debut with one of the most highly anticipated IPOs in Wall Street history; however, by day’s end, Facebook stock closed up only 23 cents from its initial pricing of $38..
Last year, in an unusual move, Republican candidate Donald Trump released a list of 11 potential Supreme Court justices he would consider if elected president (not included was Trump’s eventual first pick, Neil Gorsuch).