Famous People Who Died on May 18Th in History

Dying is just like taxes in the respect that it is going to happen to you and me. Over history, we realize it doesn’t matter who you are, you are going to face death. Famous people have no secret weapon against death. They are just like you and I. They will die. We will die. Death is a part of life. However, many of us look forward to eternal life in Heaven. After we all pass from this world, I hope to meet each one of you in a better place called Heaven.

We Live And We Die

Nobody Lives Forever

See You In Heaven

What Happened on this Day in History?

1652 – Rhode Island passes the first law in North America making slavery illegal

1803 – Napoleonic Wars: The United Kingdom revokes the Treaty of Amiens and declares war on France

1860 – Abraham Lincoln wins the Republican Party presidential nomination over William H. Seward, who later becomes the United States Secretary of State under President Abraham Lincoln

1927 – The Bath School Disaster: forty-five people are killed by bombs planted by a disgruntled school-board member in

1969 – Apollo program: Apollo 10 is launched

1980 – 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens: Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage


1743-1808 – Elijah Craig was a pioneering Baptist preacher, born in Virginia, who became an educator and capitalist entrepreneur in the state of Kentucky. He is credited with the invention of bourbon whiskey, improving the locally made distillate from an un-aged corn liquor to the familiar reddish drink through barrel-aging in charred oak casks

1845-1922 – Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, French physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

1872-1927 – Andrew Kehoe, American mass murderer who who perpetrated the Bath School Disaster on May 18, 1927, killed 45 and injured at least 58 at the Bath School in Michigan, After the bombings investigators found a wooden sign wired to the farm’s fence with Kehoe’s last message, “CRIMINALS ARE MADE, NOT BORN,” written on it

1875-1955 – Mary McLeod Bethune was an American educator and civil rights leader best known for starting a school for African American students in Daytona Beach, Florida, that eventually became Bethune-Cookman University and for being an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

1939-1963 – Ernie Davis was an American football running back and the first African-American athlete to win the Heisman Trophy, he died from acute monocytic leukemia, A motion picture biography, The Express, directed by Gary Fleder and based on the non-fiction book The Elmira Express: the Story of Ernie Davis by Robert C. Gallagher, began production in April 2007 and was released on October 10, 2008

1880-1973 – Jeannette Rankin, American politician and first U.S. Congresswoman

1980 – Victims of Mount St. Helens eruption

1896-1980 Harry Randall Truman

1949-1980 David A. Johnston U.S. volcanologist

1952-1980 Reid Blackburn, photojournalist for National Geographic

1921-1989 – Dorothy Ruth, American horse breeder; adopted daughter of Babe Ruth

1933-1995 – Elizabeth Montgomery, American actress

1972-2006 – Andrew Martinez, U.C. Berkeley’s “Naked Guy” and American nudism advocate, committed suicide in jail

1987-2009 – Roderick Anthony Burton II a.k.a. Dolla, American Rapper who was shot to death

This is series of famous people who died was inspired by Faye Farley who writes about famous people who were born on the same dates. Each day I will make a list of the famous people who died on the particular day with a link to her story about who was born on a particular day. Today’s famous deaths will be linked to her September 27 story because she has not made it to October yet. Click hereto check out Faye’s writing




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