Almanac

By The Associated Press

Today in History

Today is Thursday, May 18, the 138th day of 2017. There are 227 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On May 18, 1927, in America’s deadliest school attack, part of a schoolhouse in Bath Township, Michigan, was blown up with explosives planted by local farmer Andrew Kehoe, who then set off a bomb in his truck; the attacks killed 38 children and six adults, including Kehoe, who’d earlier killed his wife. (Authorities said Kehoe, who suffered financial difficulties, was seeking revenge for losing a township clerk election.)

On this date:

In 1642, the Canadian city of Montreal was founded by French colonists.

In 1896, the Supreme Court, in Plessy v. Ferguson, endorsed “separate but equal” racial segregation, a concept renounced 58 years later in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.

Thought for Today: “The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.” — Fred Astaire, American dancer-actor

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