May 18 in history

May 18 events chronologically

332 Constantine the Great announced free distributions of food to the citizens in Constantinople
1096 First Crusade: around 800 Jews are massacred in Worms, Germany
1152 Henry II of England marries Eleanor of Aquitaine
1268 The Principality of Antioch, a crusader state, falls to the Mamluk Sultan Baibars in the Siege of Antioch
1302 Bruges Matins, the nocturnal massacre of the French garrison in Bruges by members of the local Flemish militia
1388 During the Battle of Buyur Lake, General Lan Yu led a Chinese army forward to crush the Mongol hordes of Tögüs Temür, the Khan of Northern Yuan
1499 Alonso de Ojeda sets sail from Cádiz on his voyage to what is now Venezuela

Top 7 most famous people born on May 18

1048 Omar Khayyám a sufi mystic, Persian polymath, philosopher, mathematician, astronomer and poet. He also wrote treatises on mechanics, geography, mineralogy, music, and Islamic theology
1868 Nicholas II of Russia the last Emperor of Russia, Grand Duke of Finland, and titular King of Poland. His official short title was Nicholas II, Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russias. Like other Russian Emperors he is commonly known by the monarchical title Tsar. He is known as Saint Nicholas the Passion-Bearer by the Russian Orthodox Church and has been referred to as Saint Nicholas the Martyr
1872 Bertrand Russell a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, social critic and political activist. At various points in his life he considered himself a liberal, a socialist, and a pacifist, but he also admitted that he had never been any of these in any profound sense. He was born in Monmouthshire, into one of the most prominent aristocratic families in Britain
1897 Frank Capra an Italian-born American film director, producer and writer who worked his way from Los Angeles's Italian ghetto to become the creative force behind some of the major award-winning films of the 1930s and 1940s. His rags-to-riches story has led film historians such as Ian Freer to consider him the "American dream personified."
1912 Perry Como an American singer and television personality. During a career spanning more than half a century, he recorded exclusively for the RCA Victor label after signing with them in 1943. "Mr. C.", as he was nicknamed, sold millions of records for Radio Corporation of America and pioneered a weekly musical variety television show, which set the standards for the genre and proved to be one of the most successful in television history. Como was seen weekly on television from 1949 to 1963, then continued hosting the Kraft Music Hall variety program monthly until 1967. His television shows and seasonal specials were broadcast throughout the world. Also a popular recording artist, Perry Como produced numerous hit records; his combined success on television and popular recordings was not matched by any other artist of the time. Como's appeal spanned generations and he was widely respected for both his professional standards and the conduct in his personal life. In the official RCA Records Billboard magazine memorial, his life was summed up in these few words: "50 years of music and a life well lived. An example to all." Composer Ervin Drake said of him, "... ccasionally someone like Perry comes along and won't 'go with the flow' and still prevails in spite of all the bankrupt others who surround him and importune him to yield to their values. Only occasionally."
1920 Pope John Paul II pope of the Catholic Church from 16 October 1978 until his death on 2 April 2005. In Catholicism, since his canonisation, he is referred to as Pope Saint John Paul II or Saint John Paul the Great, for example as a name for institutions. He was the second longest-serving pope in modern history after Pope Pius IX, who served for nearly 32 years from 1846 to 1878. Born in Poland, John Paul II was the first non-Italian pope since the Dutch Pope Adrian VI, who served from 1522 to 1523
1970 Tina Fey an American actress, comedian, writer and producer, known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live , the critically acclaimed NBC comedy series 30 Rock , and such films as Mean Girls , Baby Mama , Date Night , and Muppets Most Wanted.

Top 7 most famous people died on May 18

526 Pope John I Pope from 13 August 523 to his death in 526. He was a native of Siena , near Chiusdino, in Italy. He is the first pope known to have visited Constantinople while in office
1799 Pierre Beaumarchais a French playwright, watchmaker, inventor, musician, diplomat, fugitive, spy, publisher, horticulturalist, arms dealer, satirist, financier, and revolutionary.
1800 Alexander Suvorov the last Generalissimo of the Russian Empire.
1909 Isaac Albéniz a Spanish pianist and composer best known for his piano works based on folk music idioms. Many of his pieces such as Asturias , Granada, Sevilla, Cádiz, Córdoba, Cataluña, and the Tango in D are amongst the most important pieces for classical guitar. The personal papers of Isaac Albéniz are preserved, among other institutions, in the Biblioteca de Catalunya
1911 Gustav Mahler a late-Romantic composer and one of the leading conductors of his generation. He was born to a Jewish family in the village of Kalischt in Bohemia, in what was then the Austrian Empire, now Kaliště in the Czech Republic. His family later moved to nearby Iglau , where Mahler grew up
1981 William Saroyan an Armenian-American dramatist and author. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1940, and in 1943 won the Academy Award for Best Story for the film adaptation of his novel The Human Comedy
2007 Pierre-Gilles de Gennes a French physicist and the Nobel Prize laureate in physics in 1991.