The Republican Herald - - COMMENTARY -

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

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, Cal­i­for­nia.

On this date:

In 1152, Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine, mar­ried Henry, Duke of Nor­mandy (the fu­ture King Henry II), two months af­ter her mar­riage to King Louis VII of France was an­nulled.

In 1642, the Cana­dian city of Mon­treal was founded by French colonists. (On this date in 1765, one-quar­ter of Mon­treal was de­stroyed by a fire.)

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

In 1781, 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.

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 1926, evan­ge­list Aimee Sem­ple McPher­son van­ished while vis­it­ing a beach in Venice, Cal­i­for­nia. (McPher­son reap­peared more than a month later, say­ing she’d es­caped af­ter be­ing kid­napped and held for ran­som, an ac­count greeted with skep­ti­cism.)

In 1933, Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt signed a mea­sure cre­at­ing the Ten­nessee Val­ley Author­ity.

In 1944, dur­ing World War II, Al­lied forces oc­cu­pied Monte Cassino in Italy af­ter a four-month strug­gle with Axis troops.

In 1967, Ten­nessee Gov. Bu­ford Elling­ton signed a mea­sure re­peal­ing the law against teach­ing evo­lu­tion that was used to pros­e­cute John T. Scopes in 1925.

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.

In 1998, the U.S. gov­ern­ment filed an an­titrust case against Mi­crosoft, say­ing the pow­er­ful soft­ware com­pany had a “choke hold” on com­peti­tors that was deny­ing con­sumers im­por­tant choices about how they bought and used com­put­ers. (The Jus­tice Depart­ment and Mi­crosoft reached a set­tle­ment in 2001.)

Ten years ago, Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush lec­tured the Arab world about ev­ery­thing from po­lit­i­cal re­pres­sion to the de­nial of women’s rights in a speech at the Egyptian re­sort of Sharm El-Sheik. Kenny Ch­es­ney was named en­ter­tainer of the year by the Academy of Coun­try Mu­sic for the fourth straight time. Rus­sia won its first ti­tle at the world hockey cham­pi­onships since 1993 with a 5-4 win over Canada.

Five years ago, a car driven by an 87-year-old man plowed into dozens of hik­ers dur­ing a pa­rade in Da­m­as­cus, Vir­ginia, in­jur­ing about 50 peo­ple. (The driver, who suf­fered from a med­i­cal con­di­tion, was not charged.) French Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande signed a law au­tho­riz­ing same-sex mar­riages and adop­tion by gay cou­ples. Oxbow, rid­den by Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, led from start to fin­ish to win the Preak­ness; Ken­tucky Derby win­ner Orb came in fourth.

One year ago, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump de­nounced the ap­point­ment of a spe­cial coun­sel to in­ves­ti­gate his campaign’s po­ten­tial ties with Rus­sia, re­peat­edly calling it an un­prece­dented “witch hunt” that “hurts our coun­try ter­ri­bly.” A driver who told po­lice he was high on drugs plowed through a pedes­tri­an­packed side­walk in New York’s Times Square; a Michigan teen was killed, and 22 other peo­ple were in­jured. Roger Ailes, who cre­ated and ruled Fox News Chan­nel for two decades be­fore be­ing ousted for al­leged sexual ha­rass­ment, died in Palm Beach, Florida, at age 77.

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