May 18

This Day in History

1974

India detonates atomic bomb

On May 18, 1974, in the Rajasthan Desert, India successfully explodes its first nuclear weapon, a fission bomb similar in power to the U.S. atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The test fell on the … (more...)

1917

"Parade" Premieres, Incites Scandal

On this day in 1917 Parade, a one-act ballet designed to incite scandal, premieres at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris. Parade began in 1916, when Jean Cocteau, a French novelist, playwright, and … (more...)

1893

Shrunken Head Trader Born

On this day in 1893, Gustavo Fausto Struve Trossell was born. He was a doctor, anthropologist, and scientist, and became a leading expert in the mysterious and gruesome world of shrunken heads. His … (more...)