This day in history: May 18

This day in history: May 18

(WTVM) - All of the events below occurred on the same day in history, May 18.

1652: Rhode Island passes first law in English-speaking America making slavery illegal.

1860: Abraham Lincoln wins Republican nomination for president over William Seward, who later becomes U.S. Secretary of State.

1933: As part of his New Deal, President Franklin Roosevelt signs an act creating the Tennessee Valley Authority.

1952: Singer-songwriter George Strait is born in Poteet, Texas.

1964: The Animals record their signature song, "House of The Rising Sun", in just one take at a studio in Kingsway, London.

1970: Actress and comedian Tina Fey is born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.

1980: The top of Washington's Mount St. Helens disappears in a violent, volcanic eruption, killing 57 people and leaving $3 billion in damage behind.

1995: Actress Elizabeth Montgomery dies in Los Angeles at age 62.

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