Historical events on May 18
2009: Sri Lankan Civil War: The LTTE are defeated by the Sri Lankan government, ending almost 26 years of fighting between the two sides.
1999: “Millennium” 3rd studio album by the Backstreet Boys is released – one of the best-selling albums of all time, over 30 million copies sold
1990: Edmonton right wing Jari Kurri sets record for scoring in a Stanley Cup Finals game with 3 goals and 2 assists in 7-2 win at Boston Garden
1974: India becomes the sixth nation to explode an atomic bomb
1927: Grauman’s Chinese Theater opens in Hollywood, California
1897: “Dracula” by Irish author Bram Stoker is published by Archibald Constable and Company in London
1896: Khodynka Tragedy: A mass panic on Khodynka Field, Moscow, during the festivities of the coronation of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, results in the deaths of 1,389 people
1804: Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed Emperor of France by the French Senate
1291: After 100 years of crusader control, Acre is the last crusader stronghold reconquered and destroyed by the Mamluks under Sultan al-Ashraf Khalil
1291: Mamluk Sultan Al-Ashraf Khalil and his forces take the last Christian stronghold of Acre
( Source: On This Day)
1934: Officially named the Academy Award of Merit, the statuette is better known by a nickname, Oscar, the origins of which aren’t clear. A popular story has been that an Academy librarian and eventual executive director, Margaret Herrick, thought it resembled her Uncle Oscar and said so; and that the Academy staff began referring to it as Oscar.In any case, by the sixth Awards Presentation in 1934, Hollywood columnist Sidney Skolsky used the name in his column in reference to Katharine Hepburn’s first Best Actress win.