May 18 1152 - Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine, married Henry, Duke of Normandy (the future King Henry II), two months after her marriage to King Louis VII of France was annulled. 1642 - The city of Montreal was founded by the French. 1652 - Rhode Island became the first American colony to pass a law abolishing African slavery; however, the law was apparently never enforced. 1781 - Peruvian revolutionary Tupac Amaru II, age 43, was forced to witness the execution of his relatives by the Spanish in the main plaza of Cuzco before being beheaded. 1804 - Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed emperor of France by the French Senate. 1860 - The Republican Party nominated Abraham Lincoln for president at their convention in Chicago. 1896 - The Supreme Court endorsed the concept of "separate but equal" racial segregation in Plessy v. Ferguson, a precedent that was overturned in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. 1897 - A public reading of Bram Stroker's new novel "Dracula, or, The Un-Dead" was staged in London. 1920 - Pope John Paul II was born near Krakow, Poland. 1933 - The Tennessee Valley Authority was created. 1951 - The United Nations moved out of its temporary headquarters in Lake Success, New York for its permanent home in Manhattan. 1953 - Jacqueline Cochran became the first woman to fly faster than the speed of sound. 1967 - Tennessee Gov. Buford Ellington signed a measure repealing the law against teaching evolution that was used to prosecute John T. Scopes in 1925. 1969 - Apollo 10 was launched on a mission that served as a dress rehearsal for the first moon landing. 1973 - Harvard law professor Archibald Cox was appointed Watergate special prosecutor by U.S. Attorney General Elliot Richardson. 1974 - India became the world's sixth nuclear power. 1980 - Mount St. Helens in Washington state erupted after lying dormant for 123 years. The explosion left 57 people dead or missing. 1994 - Israeli troops withdrew from the Gaza Strip after three decades of occupation and Palestinians took over. 1998 - The federal government filed a sweeping antitrust case against Microsoft Corp., saying the powerful software company had a "choke hold" on competitors that was denying consumers important choices about how they bought and used computers. (The Justice Department and Microsoft reached a settlement in 2001.) 2000 - A bill was finally passed that removed the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse. 2003 - "Les Miserables", the third-longest running show in Broadway history, closed after more than 16 years and 6,680 performances. 2003 - President Megawati Sukarnoputri of Indonesia declared martial law and sent 30,000 troops into Aceh. 2004 - Sonia Gandhi stunned her party, the Indian National Congress, by refusing to accept the prime ministership of India. 2009 - Sri Lanka's 25-year civil war ended with the government announcing it had defeated the Tamil Tiger rebels and killed their leader. 2011 - Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigned as head of the International Monetary Fund, saying he wanted to devote all his energy to battling the sexual assault charges he faced in New York. (The charges were later dropped.) 2017 - Roger Ailes, founder and CEO of Fox News Channel for two decades before being ousted amid allegations of sexual harassment, died at age 77. Birthdays 22 - Violett Beane (actress) 25 - Brooke Wexler (actress) 26 - Spencer Breslin (actor) 37 - Allen Leech (actor) 38 - Matt Long (actor) 43 - Jack Johnson (singer) 46 - Theresa Giudice (reality star) 48 - Tina Fey (actress/comedian) 49 - Martika (singer/actress) 63 - Chow Yun-Fat (actor) 66 - George Strait (country singer) 67 - James Stephens (actor) 70 - Joe Bonsall (country singer) 72 - Reggie Jackson (baseball player) 77 - Candice Azzara (actress) 81 - Brooks Robinson (baseball player) 84 - Dwayne Hickman (actor) 87 - Robert Morse (actor) 94 - Jack Whitaker (sportscaster) 94 - Priscilla Pointer (actress) 96 - Bill Macy (actor) ================================= Today in Sports History - May 18 1897 - William Joyce (New York Giants) set a record when he hit four triples in one game. 1933 - The first major league All-Star Game was announced. It was to be played on July 6 at Comiskey Park as part of the Chicago World's Fair. 1956 - Mickey Mantle hit a home run from both sides of the plate for the third time. 1971 - The Utah Stars defeated the Kentucky Colonels in seven games to win the ABA championship. 1971 - The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Chicago Blackhawks in seven games to win the Stanley Cup. 2000 - Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals passed Mickey Mantle on the career home run list with his 539th. 2004 - Randy Johnson, at age 40, became the oldest pitcher in major league history to throw a perfect game, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 2-0 win over the Atlanta Braves. It was the 17th perfect game thrown in major league history.