May 18, 1997 in Nation/World

Today In History


In 1852: Massachusetts passed the nation’s first school attendance law. All children between the ages of 8 and 14 were required to attend.

In 1896: The Supreme Court endorsed the concept of “separate but equal” racial segregation with its Plessy vs. Ferguson decision.

In 1980: Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington state exploded, leaving 57 people dead or missing.

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