This Day in History: Vampires, Comets, and Congress

May 18th

  • 1498- Vasco de Gama reaches Calicut, India.

  • 1652- Rhode Island passes the first laws in North America making slavery illegal.
  • 1804- Napolean Bonaparte declared the Emperor of France by the French Senate.
  • 1863- The Siege of Vicksburg begins as part of the Civil War.
  • 1897- Dracula is first published.  Twilight fans, thank Irish Author Bram Stoker for the vampire.
  • 1910- Haley’s Comet passes through the night sky.
  • 1969- Apollo 10 is launched.
  • 1980- Mt. St. Helens in Alaska erupts, killing 57 and causing several billion in damages.
  • 1992- The 27th amendment is finally ratified 202 years after initial submission.  This amendment prohibits salaries of members of Congress from being raised during the term.

Birthday Shoutouts

The Conservative Journal wishes a happy birthday to…

  • My favorite Luxembourgian politician and former Prime Minister, Jacques Santer, 72.
  • Country music singer George Strait, 57.
  • The brilliantly hilarious Tina Fey, 39.

Only the very rich and famous get a shout out from us.

In Memory Of..

  • Victim of the 1980 Mt. St. Helens eruption Harry Randall Truman, 1980.
  • The first female member of Congress Jeannette Rankin, 1973.

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Thanks for reading!

Rick

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