TODAY IN HISTORY
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT May 18, 1953,
Jacqueline Cochran, 47, became the first woman to break the sound barrier as she piloted a Canadair F-86 Sabre jet over Rogers Dry Lake, California.
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Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine, married Henry, Duke of Normandy, two months after her marriage to King Louis VII of France was annulled.
Rhode Island became the first American colony to pass a law abolishing African slavery; however, the law was apparently never enforced.
Peruvian revolutionary Tupac Amaru II, 43, was forced to witness the execution of his relatives by the Spanish in the main plaza of Cuzco before being beheaded.