The Maui News - - OPINION -

To­day is Fri­day, May 18, the 138th day of 2018. There are 227 days left in the year.

To­day’s High­light in His­tory: On 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, Calif.

On this date:

In 1652, Rhode Is­land be­came the first Amer­i­can colony to pass a law abol­ish­ing African slav­ery; how­ever, the law was ap­par­ently never en­forced.

In 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Plessy v. Fer­gu­son, en­dorsed “sep­a­rate but equal” racial seg­re­ga­tion, a con­cept re­nounced 58 years later by Brown v. Board of Ed­u­ca­tion of Topeka.

In 1973, Har­vard law pro­fes­sor Archibald Cox was ap­pointed Water­gate spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor by U.S. At­tor­ney Gen­eral El­liot Richard­son.

In 1980, the Mount St. He­lens vol­cano in Washington state ex­ploded, leav­ing 57 peo­ple dead or miss­ing.

To­day’s Birthdays: Ac­tor Bill Macy is 96. Ac­tor Robert Morse is 87. Ac­tor Dwayne Hick­man is 84. Base­ball Hall of Famer Brooks Robin­son is 81. Base­ball Hall of Famer Reg­gie Jack­son is 72. Sen. Tom Udall, DN.M., is 70. Coun­try singer Joe Bon­sall (The Oak Ridge Boys) is 70. Rock mu­si­cian Rick Wake­man (Yes) is 69. Rock singer Mark Mothers­baugh (Devo) is 68. Co­me­dian-writer Tina Fey is 48. Rap­per Spe­cial Ed is 44. Rock singer Jack Johnson is 43. Coun­try singer David Nail is 39. Rhythm-and-blues singer Darryl Allen (Mista) is 38. Ac­tor Matt Long is 38. Ac­tor Allen Leech is 37. Chris­tian-rock mu­si­cian Kevin Hugu­ley (Rush of Fools) is 36. Chris­tian singer Francesca Bat­tis­telli is 33. Ac­tor Spencer Bres­lin is 26. Ac­tress Hala Fin­ley is nine.

Thought for To­day: “Peo­ple find life en­tirely too time-con­sum­ing.” — Stanis­law J. Lec, Pol­ish writer (1909-1966).

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