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May 18, 2015

Today is Monday, May 25, the 145th day of 2015. There are 220 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

1622 - The Tryal, believed to be first English ship to sight Australia, is wrecked on rocks in the Monte Bello Islands off Western Australia.

1744 - Austrian troops invade Alsace in France.

1787 - The U.S. Constitutional Convention is convened in Philadelphia.

1846 - Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte escapes to London from imprisonment in Ham, France. He returns two years later and is elected president of France.

1911 - Revolution in Mexico overthrows President Porfirio Diaz.

1914 - Britain’s House of Commons passes Irish Home Rule Bill, but Irish autonomy remains suspended during World War I.

1915 - With the European powers preoccupied by war, China is forced to accept a Japanese ultimatum regarding rights and privileges.

1923 - Independence of Transjordan — now Jordan — under Amir Abdullah is proclaimed.

1961 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy asks Americans to work toward putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade.

1963 - Leaders of six African nations, meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, form Organization of African Unity.

1969 - Parliamentary government in Sudan is overthrown in bloodless coup and Maj. Gen. Jafaar Numeiry heads new military regime.

1970 - United States places first of its MIRV missiles, with multiple warheads capable of striking different targets, in underground silos in North Dakota.

1979 - American Airlines DC-10 loses an engine and nosedives into ground at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, killing all 272 people aboard.

1985 - Emir of Kuwait escapes death when terrorists detonate a bomb in his motorcade. Extremist Jihad Islamic organization claims responsibility.

1988 - Israeli Army imposes curfews confining 200,000 Arabs as PLO-mandated general strike shuts down commerce and transportation in occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

1989 - Chinese Premier Li Peng denies that troops surrounding Beijing are deployed to crush student protests.

1991 - In a two-day airlift, Israel brings 15,000 Ethiopian Jews from the besieged city of Addis Ababa to Israel.

1997 - Rebels topple the government of Sierra Leone in a violent coup.

1998 - Indonesia’s new president, B.J. Habibie, announces that elections will be held and begins releasing some political prisoners.

1999 - NATO’s top policy makers approve a plan for a 50,000-strong force to be sent to Kosovo when Serb troops withdraw.

2002 - A China Airlines passenger jet carrying 225 people breaks up in the air and crashes into the Taiwan Strait.

2008 - Michel Suleiman is sworn in as Lebanon’s president after Parliament elected him in long-delayed vote following an 18-month political stalemate that brought the country to the brink of another civil war.

2010 - Relations on the divided Korean peninsula plunge to their lowest point in a decade when the North declares it is cutting all ties to the South as punishment for blaming the communists for the sinking of a South Korean warship.

2014 - The far right and Euroskeptics make sweeping gains in European Parliament elections, signaling a major political shift toward parties that want to slash the power of the European Union or abolish it altogether.

Today’s Birthdays:

Ralph Waldo Emerson, U.S. writer (1803-1882); Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslavia’s president (1892-1980); Beverly Sills, U.S. opera singer (1929-2007); Ian McKellen, British actor (1939--); John Newcombe, Australian tennis star (1944--); David Graham, Australian golfer (1946--); Mike Myers, Canadian actor/comedian (1963--); Lauryn Hill, U.S. singer (1975--); Frank Oz, British-born director/voice of Yoda and Miss Piggy (1944--).

Thought For Today:

Love, I find, is like singing. Everybody can do enough to satisfy themselves, though it may not impress the neighbors as being very much — Zora Neale Hurston, American anthropologist (1903-1960).

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