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MAY 18

Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1675 Father Jacques Marquette (French Missionary to America) Father Marquette Catholicism North American Explorers Historical Society of Michigan (pdf)
1931 Charles "Speed" Holman (Minnesota-born Aviator Killed in an Omaha, Nebraska Air Show) Minnesota Aviators Omaha, Nebraska Aviation
1642 French Missionaries Found Ville-Marie, the Future Montréal, Canada Canada Héritage Montréal New York Times
1652 Rhode Island Enacts the First Colonial Legislation Limiting Slavery Rhode Island Government Colonial Rhode Island Slavery Law Historic Firsts Writer's Almanac
1871 Kiowa Chief Satanta Leads Massacre of Wagon Train Near the Texas Red River Texas Satanta Westward Expansion Death History Channel Texas State Historical Association
1953 Jacqueline Cochran Is First Woman to Fly Faster Than the Speed of Sound Jacqueline Cochran Aviation Speed of Sound Women Historic Firsts Technology and Society
1962 New York's Al Oerter Is the First Athlete to Throw the Discus 200 Feet Al Oerter Track and Field Hall of Fame Historic Firsts New York Times
1968 NASA Launches Nimbus-B Meteorological Research Satellite Space Exploration Meteorology NASA
1969 NASA Launches Apollo 10 As Rehearsal for a Moon Landing Space Exploration Lunar Exploration NASA
1991 Helen Sharman Is the First Briton in Space Great Britain Space Exploration Women Historic Firsts BBC

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