May 18th Holidays, Observances and Awareness Days

All About May 18th

A collection of fun, sad, bad, happy and funny facts about May 18th. Scroll down the page to  learn all about today’s holidays, observances, horoscope, celebrity birthdays, historical events and #1 songs and movies!

May 18th Holidays, Observances and Awareness Days

Every day has some sort of holiday or observance. Look through our holiday list for today and see if there are any special days you’d like to observe. Maybe there is a fun quirky holiday for you to celebrate. Maybe there is an awareness day where you can support your a friend. Or maybe you just need to eat a Reeses and call it the day today?

  • HIV/Aids Vaccine Awareness Day 
    World AIDS Vaccine Day, also known as HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, is observed annually on May 18. HIV vaccine advocates mark the day by promoting the continued urgent need for a vaccine to prevent HIV infection and AIDS.
  •  I Love Reese’s Day
    In my opinion the best candy in the world!! Reese’s Peanut Butter cups are celebrated annually on May 18th. To learn why and the history of this celebration visit:
  •  International Museum Day
    International Museum Day is an international day held annually on or around 18 May, coordinated by the International Council of Museums. The event highlights a specific theme which changes every year to reflect the basis of the international museum community’s preoccupations.
  • Mother Whistler Day
    Whistler’s Mother is a painting done by James McNeill Whistler. Whistle’s Mother is actually a nickname for the painting as the read name is Arrangement in Gray and Black No. 1. The lady sitting in the chair was not the person the artist was supposed to paint that day. The person who was supposed to be painted didn’t show up so Anna McNeill Whistler posed for the painting. Other sites say that today is the “birthday” of the painting, while other sites say today is simply to enjoy those who can whistle! So celebrate however you want! Whether you whistle or like art, Happy Mother Whistler Day!
  •  National Cheese Soufflé Day
    May 18th is National Cheese Soufflé Day, so to help you celebrate here is a recipe for Savory Cheese Soufflé.
  •  National No Dirty Dishes Day
    May 18th is a day to make it so there are no dirty dishes. Not by handwashing all your dishes but by ordering out, and making it so there are no dirty dishes to wash!
  •  National Visit Your Relatives Day
    May 18th is a day that encourages you to go visit family you have been thinking about. Whether it is a relative in a nursing home or a niece or nephew you have been meaning to have a play date with, today is a good day to stop procrastinating and pay that person a visit!
  •  Send an Electronic Greeting Card Day
    If you have been too busy to stop at the store to buy a card to send to someone who has been on your mind, then put a minute of time aside today to pick out an E-card to send them!

May 18th Zodiac Sign is Taurus

Taurus is the second astrological sign in the present zodiac. The Sun is in the sign of Taurus.

Horoscope Zodiac Astrology Sign Taurus PillowTime period: April 20 – May 21
Element: Earth
Ruling planet: Venus
Symbol: Bull
Zodiac quality: Fixed
Birthstones: Emerald, Diamond, Sapphire, Garnet, Rose quartz
Famous Tauruses: Dwayne Johnson, Queen Elizabeth II, Megan Fox, George Clooney, Adele, Mark Zuckerberg

May 18th Trivia

  • 1652 – Rhode Island passes the first law in English-speaking North America making slavery illegal.
  • 1642 – Montreal, Canada, founded.
  • 1804 – Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed Emperor of France by the French Senate.
  • 1852 – Massachusetts rules all school-age children must attend school.
  • 1860 – Abraham Lincoln wins the Republican Party presidential nomination.
  • 1912 – Perry Como, American singer and television host was born.
  • 1918 – The #1 movie was, “Headin’ South.”
  • 1920 – Pope John Paul II, Sovereign of the State of the Vatican City was born in Wadowice, Poland.
  • 1927 – Ritz Hotel opens in Boston.
  • 1927 – Andrew Kehoe blows up Bath Consolidated School killing 38 children, 2 teachers.
  • 1943 – The #1 movie was, “Hello, Frisco, Hello.”
  • 1952 – George Strait, country singer, was born in Poteet, TX.
  • 1953 – Jacqueline Cochran becomes the first woman to break sound barrier.
  • 1969 – Apollo 10 is launched and sends back the first color pictures of the earth from
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  • 1970 – Tina Fey, American actress, producer, and screenwriter was born in Upper Darby, PA.
  • 1970 – The Beatles’ last released LP, “Let It Be”,  was released in US.
  • 1974 – Under project Smiling Buddha, India successfully detonates its first nuclear weapon becoming the sixth nation to do so.
  • 1978 – The #1 movie was, “The Buddy Holly Story.”
  • 1980 – Mount St Helens erupts in Washington state, causing the largest landslide in history, killing 57 people and costing $1 billion in damage.
  • 1982 – The #1 song on the Hot 100 Billboard was, “Ebony And Ivory,” by  Paul McCartney And Stevie Wonder.
  • 1995 – The movie,  “Braveheart” directed by Mel Gibson and starring Mel Gibson and Sophie Marceau premieres at the Seattle Film Festival.
  • 2001 – DreamWorks Pictures releases “Shrek”, starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz in voice-over roles.
  • 2005 – A photo from the Hubble Space Telescope confirms that Pluto has two additional moons, Nix and Hydra.
  • 2008 – Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, and Carrie Underwood win at the 43rd Academy of Country Music Awards show.
  • 2010 – The #1 movie was, “Shrek Forever After.”
  • 2015 – The #1 song on the Top Adult 40 Billboard was, ” Love Me Like You,” by Do Ellie Goulding.
  • 2017 – Chris Cornell, American singer from Sound Garden and Audioslave dies.
  • 2018 – In the Santa Fe High School shooting a 17 year-old shooter kills 10 and injures 10 in  Texas.
  • 2021 – TV and film actor Charles Grodin passes away on May 18, 2021 in Wilton, Connecticut. The cause of death was bone marrow cancer. He was 86.

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