On This Day In History, 18 May


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World Events Today

  • The Napoleonic Wars, a series of conflicts between the French Empire and its allies against various European powers, mainly the British, started today in 1803
  • During World War II and after 4 months of fighting, The Battle of Monte Cassino ended today in 1944, it helped pave a road for the Allied assault on Rome
  • Apollo 10 launched today in 1969, it was the first spacecraft to carry a color television camera and, make a live color television transmission from space

Entertainment Events Today

  • The epic war movie Braveheart, starring Mel Gibson as the Scottish legend William Wallace, was released today in 1995
  • Eimear Quinn, representing Ireland, won the 41st Eurovision Song Contest today in 1996, she sang The Voice
  • The computer-animated comedy movie Shrek, starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz, went on general release today in 2001 in the United States

Family Events Today

  • Franz Capra, who produced and directed the movie classic It’s a Wonderful Life, was born today in 1897 in Bisacquino, Italy
  • The American singer, actor and television personality Pierino Ronald Como, better known as Perry Como, whose career spanned half a century, was born today in 1912 in Pennsylvania
  • Karol Józef Wojtyła, better known as Pope Saint John Paul II, was born today in 1920 in Wadowice, Poland

Main Event Today

  • Napoleon was declared Emperor of the French today in 1804 by the French Senate, the French people overwhelmingly confirmed the title in a referendum later in the year

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Visit Your Relatives Day

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