(Tuesday, May 18, 1976) — Former Beatle Paul McCartney and his band Wings performed the first of two shows tonight at Omni Coliseum in Atlanta on the eighth stop of the 21-city, 31-show Wings Over America leg of his band’s Wings Over The World tour.
(Saturday, May 18, 1996) — “Tha Crossroads” by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for eight consecutive weeks (May 18/25, June 1/8/15/22/29, July 6, 1996).
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.
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.