DayBird - May 18th
1302 – Bruges Matins, the nocturnal massacre of the French garrison in Bruges by members of the local Flemish militia. According to wikipedia, to distinguish the French from the natives, they asked suspects to repeat the shibboleth: "schild en vriend" which means "shield and friend" a sentence difficult to pronounce for a French speaker.
1593 – An arrest warrant was issued on this day in 1593 for Christopher Marlowe, after fellow writer Thomas Kyd accused Marlowe of heresy. Kyd had been arrested and tortured on the suspicion of treason, as heretical documents had been found in his room. He wrote a letter stating the documents were actually his previous roommate, Christopher Marlowe. Marlowe was arrested on May 20th, bailed out and killed in a bar brawl on the 30th. Bad two weeks.
1896 – Khodynka Tragedy: A mass panic on Khodynka Field in Moscow during the festivities of the coronation of Russian Tsar Nicholas II (his b-day today) results in the deaths of 1,389 people. In 1917, Nicholas dies in a basement, surrounded by family.
1897 – Dracula, a novel by Irish author Bram Stoker is published.
1980 – Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington.Seismic activity at Mount St. Helens, which is 96 miles south of Seattle, had occurred all throughout March and April. Scientists watched a bulge on the north side grow larger and larger and finally bango. On May 18 at 8:32 a.m., a sudden 5.1-magnitude earthquake and eruption rocked the mountain. The north side of the peak blasted out ash at 650 miles per hour. A cloud of ash, rocks, gas and glacial ice roared down the side of the mountain at 100 mph. roared, dude. Magma, at 1,300 degrees Fahrenheit, flowed for miles. flowed, bro.
The 24-megaton blast demolished a 230-square-mile area around the mountain. The plume of ash belched out for nine hours; easterly winds carried it across the state and as far away as Minneapolis, Minnesota. Fifty-seven people died overall from suffocation, burns and other assorted injuries. Twenty-seven bodies were never found. Mount St. Helens went from 9,600 feet high to only 8,300 feet high in a matter of seconds.
1948 – Happy Birthday, Tom Udall!
1950 – Mark Mothersbaugh, American composer, musician, and singer, is born esta dia.
1980 – Ian Curtis, English musician, singer and lyricist (Joy Division) commits suicide. He was 23 years old. That sucks.