On This Day in History: May 18

The first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony was elected today in history. Here’s a look at the events and famous birthdays from May 18 around the world.

1631: John Winthrop Becomes Massachusetts Bay Colony Governor

John WinthropMassachusetts Bay Colony was the second permanent British colony in America, following the Plymouth Colony decades earlier. He was technically elected as the governor in 1629, but hadn’t actually been part of the team that founded the colony. It wouldn’t be until 1630 that he set foot in America, where he and Thomas Dudley would go out to find land perfect for the growing colony. Salem wasn’t good enough and Charlestown was originally considered. When it turned out the water wasn’t good enough, they moved to current-day Boston. In 1631 he would be elected as the first governor and remain in that position (being elected 18 more times) until his death in 1649.

1860: Abraham Lincoln Nominated for U.S. Presidency

On this day in history, the Republican National Convention nominated U.S. Illinois representative Abraham Lincoln for presidency. He had already made his stance against slavery in 1858 when up against Stephen Douglas for the U.S. Senate seat. Despite losing the seat, Lincoln brought attention to slavery and made a good name for himself. After getting his party’s nomination, Lincoln gains just 40% of the popular vote to become the first Republican president.

1980: 57 Die After Mount St. Helens Erupts

Today in 1980, 57 people died after the eruption of Mount St. Helens, Washington caused an avalanche. Minesota Mount St Helenssaw ash from the volcano, giving an idea of the size of the eruption. The Seismic activity had actually started on March 16 and there was a first eruption 11 days later. Authorities worried that this wasn’t the end, as evacuated as many as possible. As it wasn’t a compulsory evacuation, many stayed behind, gaining positive coverage from the media. At 8:32 a.m. local time, a 5.1-mag earthquake caused a full eruption of the mountain, burying 14 miles of the Toutle River. Despite 57 people dying, 27 bodies were never discovered.

Famous Birthdays on May 18

Konstantin of Rostov, Prince of Novgorod—1186

Printmaker Stefano della Bella—1610

Theologian, Joseph Butler—1692

Charles William Vane, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry—1778

Last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II—1868

Ruprecht, Crown Prince of Bavaria—1869

President Eurico Gaspar Dutra of Brazil—1885

It’s a Wonderful Life director Frank Capra—1897

Pope John Paul II—1920

President of the European Commission, Jacques Santer—1937

Wrestler Jimmy Snuka—1943

30 Rock actress and comedian Tina Fey—1970

Minecraft developer Jens Bergensten—1979

I’m Letting Go gospel singer Francesca Battistelli—1985


Featured image via Deposit Photos

Birthdays from OnThisDay.com and FamousBirthdays.com

John Winthrop: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Winthrop#/media/File:JohnWinthropColorPortrait.jpg

Mount St. Helens: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_St._Helens#/media/File:MSH82_st_helens_plume_from_harrys_ridge_05-19-82.jpg

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