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Today's Events | on horizon | on this day | newslink | Notable | Almanac archive

Thursday, May 18, 2000

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When I first realized that the few bones emerging from the hillside were T. rex, I didn't believe it.

Sue Hendrickson, the fossil hunter, speaking at the unveiling of the largest Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever, at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago.

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today's events

  • Haiti observes Flag and University Day, a national holiday.
  • The Magnolia Blossom Festival is held in Magnolia, Arkansas.
  • The West Virginia Strawberry Festival opens in Buckhannon, West Virginia.


on the horizon

  • On Friday, May 19, the Space Shuttle Atlantis is expected to be launched.
  • On Saturday, May 20, Cameroon commemorates the adoption of its constitution in 1972.
  • On Sunday, May 21, the Examiner Bay to Breakers Race is run in San Francisco.
  • On Monday, May 22, Canada observes Victoria Day, commemorating the birth of Queen Victoria in 1819.


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  • Pope John Paul II is 80.
  • Entertainer Perry Como is 88.
  • Baseball legend Reggie Jackson is 54.
  • Actor Robert Morse is 69.

on this day

  • In 1944, in the Soviet Union, the expulsion began of more than 200,000 Tatars from the Crimea. They were accused of collaboration with the Germans.
  • In 1969, U.S. astronauts Eugene A. Cernan, Thomas P. Stafford and John W. Young blasted off aboard Apollo Ten.
  • In 1974, India became a nuclear power when its first bomb was successfully exploded in the Rajasthan Desert.
  • In 1977, the United States, the Soviet Union and 29 other nations signed a U.N. pact banning artificial use of the weather as a weapon of war, pledging never to attack each other by triggering storms, earthquakes or tidal waves.
  • In 1980, Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington state erupted, creating a cloud of ash 2,500 miles long and 1,000 miles wide.
  • In 1990, the two Germanys signed a monetary union treaty, the first step on the road to unification.
  • In 1992, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said the civil war in Yugoslavia had pushed over 1.3 million people from their homes and created Europe's worst refugee crisis since World War II.

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