(Friday, May 18, 1973; during the Watergate scandal) — Attorney General-designate Elliot L. Richard today turned over prosecution of Watergate, one of the biggest political scandals in history, to a Democrat, Archibald Cox (pictured left), a former federal official and now a Harvard professor of law.
(Monday, May 18, 1953) — Jacqueline Cochran, 47, became the first woman to break the sound barrier today as she piloted a Canadair F-86 Sabre jet over Rogers Dry Lake, California, at an average speed of 652.337 mph
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(Monday, May 18, 1863; part of the Vicksburg Campaign in the American Civil War) — Union General Ulysses S. Grant today surrounded Vicksburg, the last Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River. The forces under Confederate Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton would hold out until July 4, 1863.