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May 18
In 1953, Jacqueline Cochran became the first woman to break the sound barrier as she piloted a North American F-86 Canadair over Rogers Dry Lake, Calif.
In 1980, the Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington state exploded. The blast took 1,300 feet off the top of the mountain, leaving 57 people dead or missing.
In 1980, in the South Korean city of Kwangju, townspeople and students began a nine-day uprising that was finally put down by troops.
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