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International Museum Day

Sunday, May 18, 2014

International Museum Day

When: Always on May 18th

International Museum Day is a good opportunity to visit, appreciate, and support your local museum.

The goals of International Museum Day are to give museum professionals the opportunity to meet the public, and to make the public aware of challenges faced by museums. Each year, a different theme is promoted.

Ways to celebrate International Museum Day:

Visit a museum
If you can't visit today, learn a little more about your local museum
donate to a museum
volunteer to work at a museum
Origin of International Museum Day:
This day was established in 1977 by the International Council of Museums.

This Day in History May 18th

Alonso de Ojeda sets sail from Cádiz on his voyage to what is now Venezuela. (1499)

In Dorchester, Massachusetts, John Winthrop takes the oath of office and becomes the first Governor of Massachusetts. (1631)

Rhode Island passes the first law in English-speaking North America making slavery illegal. (1652)

Fire destroys a large part of Montreal (1763)

First United Empire Loyalists reach Parrtown (later called Saint John), New Brunswick, Canada after leaving the United States. (1783)

Napoleon Bonaparte is proclaimed Emperor of the French by the French Senate. (1804)

Abraham Lincoln wins the Republican Party presidential nomination over William H. Seward, who later becomes the United States Secretary of State. (1860)

American Civil War: The Siege of Vicksburg begins. (1863)

The United States Supreme Court rules in Plessy v. Ferguson that the "separate but equal" doctrine is constitutional. (1896)

The Earth passes through the tail of Comet Halley. (1910)

World War I: The Selective Service Act of 1917 is passed, giving the President of the United States the power of conscription. (1917)

Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson disappears while visiting a Venice, California beach. (1926)

The Bath School disaster: forty-five people are killed by bombs planted by a disgruntled school-board member in Michigan. (1927)

New Deal: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs an act creating the Tennessee Valley Authority. (1933)

Jackie Cochran becomes the first woman to break the sound barrier. (1953)

Operation Passage to Freedom, the evacuation of 310,000 Vietnamese civilians, soldiers and non-Vietnamese members of the French Army from communist North Vietnam to South Vietnam following the end of the First Indochina War, ends. (1955)

An F-104 Starfighter sets a world speed record of 1,404.19 mph (2,259.82 km/h). (1958)

Nuclear test: under project Smiling Buddha, India successfully detonates its first nuclear weapon becoming the sixth nation to do so. (1974)

Completion of the Warsaw radio mast, the tallest construction ever built at the time. It collapsed on August 8, 1991. (1974)

1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens: Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage. (1980)

Shawn Nelson, 35, steals a tank from a National Guard Armory in San Diego, destroying cars and other property and is shot to death by police after immobilizing the tank. (1995)

A second photo from the Hubble Space Telescope confirms that Pluto has two additional moons, Nix and Hydra. (2005)

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