Daily Archives: May 18, 2016

Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson vanishes in Venice, California 90 years ago today (May 18 1926)

Video: 'AIMEE SEMPLE MCPHERSON - American Masters (plus sermon)' (May 18, 1926, at 35:47)

(Tuesday, May 18, 1926) — The nationally famous Christian evangelist preacher Aimee Semple McPherson, 35, vanished today while visiting a beach in Venice, California.

McPherson was widely believed at the time to have drowned, but reappeared more than a month later, saying she’d escaped after being kidnapped and held for ransom, an account that was received with skepticism.

U.S. Supreme Court upholds racial segregation 120 years ago today (May 18 1896)

Video: 'Plessy v. Ferguson'

(Monday, May 18, 1896) — The U.S. Supreme Court, in Plessy v. Ferguson, today upheld the constitutionality of state laws requiring racial segregation in public facilities under the doctrine of “separate but equal.”

The decision was handed down by a vote of 7 to 1 with the majority opinion written by Justice Henry Billings Brown and the dissent written by Justice John Marshall Harlan.

The concept was renounced 58 years later in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.