On May 18, 1920, Karol Jozef Wojtyla, who would go on to become Pope John Paul II, was born in Poland. He became history’s most well- traveled pope and the first nonItalian to hold the position since the 16th century.
However, there’s another May date that stands out for Pope John Paul.
It was on May 13, 1981, he was shot in St. Peter’s Square by a Turkish political extremist. The pope was struck in the abdomen and hospitalized. However, after his release he famously visited his would- be assassin in prison ( now serving a life sentence) and personally forgave him. It would not be the last time someone made an attempt on his life. The year following, a fanatical priest made an attempt.
Looking back on American history, it was on May 18, 1860 that Abraham Lincoln was nominated for the U. S. presidency by the Republican National Convention meeting in Chicago.
At the time, Lincoln was known as a Kentuckyborn lawyer and former Whig representative to Congress who first gained national stature during his campaign against Demo- cratic Senator Stephen Douglas of Illinois for a U. S. Senate seat in 1858. While Lincoln lost that Senate race, he did become the 16th U. S. President.
A little invention changed American fashion on May 20, 1873.
It was on this day that San Francisco businessman Levi Strauss and Reno, Nev., tailor Jacob Davis received a patent for blue jeans. Technically, that patent was to create work pants reinforced with metal rivets, so it’s likely the two men had no idea the treatment blue jeans would be getting on today’s runways.