We take a look at notable events this day May 18;

1978 – Italy legalizes abortion


1995 – “Braveheart” directed by Mel Gibson and starring Mel Gibson and Sophie Marceau premieres at the Seattle Film Festival (Best Picture 1996).


2001 – DreamWorks Pictures “Shrek”, starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz in voice-over roles, debuts.


2007 – Grammy award-winning singer Amy Winehouse (23) weds former video production assistant Blake Fielder-Civil (25) in Miami, Florida


1953 – The first woman to fly faster than the speed of sound, Jacqueline Cochran, piloted an F-86 Sabrejet over California at an average speed of 652.337 miles-per-hour.


2012 – Maryland Recognizes Same-Sex Divorce: The highest court in the US state of Maryland has ruled that same-sex divorce is legal in the state even though same-sex marriage is not yet legal. Gay marriage was made legal in the state in March but would not come into effect until January of the next year.


2013 – French President Signs Gay Marriage Bill. Francois Hollande, France’s president, signed the bill making same-sex marriage legal in the country into law. France became the ninth European country to legalize gay marriage, and the fourteenth in the world to do so.


HIV Vaccine Awareness Day –  This is a day set aside to recognize and support the efforts of countless individuals and organizations—past and present—involved in HIV vaccine research.


International Museum Day –, Education in the most fascinating form; “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development”, so why not take advantage of the incredible amount of knowledge the museum offers today and have a blast.

There you have it, notable happenings on Today in History…

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