Today in History: 18th May

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Historical Events:

• 1899: Jan van Riebeeck’s statue, presented by Cecil John Rhodes, is unveiled in Cape Town
• 1912: Walter Sisulu, co-founder of the ANCYL and Umkhonto we Sizwe, is born.
• 1804: Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed Emperor of France.
• 1980: Mount St Helens blows its top in Washington State, 60 die.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1985: "One Night In Bangkok" by Murray Head hits #3.
• 1990: Return To Green Acres TV movie airs.
• 1997: "King David" opens at New Amsterdam Theater New York City.
• 1963: "If You Wanna Be Happy" by Jimmy Soul hits #1.

Sports:

• 1997: Tiger Woods wins Byron Nelson Golf Classic.
• 1986: Chung Kwung Ying did 2,750 "atomic" hand-stand push-ups.
• 1986: Becky Pearson wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic.
• 1980: Donna White wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic.

Source: historyorb.com & sahistory.org.com
Compiled by: Thandi Xaba