On This Day: Key Events In History On May 18, From India's First Nuclear Test In 1974 To Eruption Of Mount St. Helens

(MENAFN- Live Mint) "On May 18, several significant events occurred in history and in world geography. Take a look:India's Ist nuclear test, 1974On May 18, 1974, India conducted its first successful nuclear test, code-named“Smiling Buddha,” at the Pokhran test range in Rajasthan. This significant event marked India as the world's sixth nuclear power.
The test was carried out under the leadership of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and involved a team of 75 scientists and engineers, led by notable figures such as Raja Ramanna, P.K. Iyengar, and Homi Sethna of Mount St. Helens, 1980Mount St. Helens, located in Washington state, erupted catastrophically following a magnitude 5.1 earthquake. This eruption was one of the most influential volcanic events in North American history, leading to widespread destruction and loss of life John Paul II Born, 1920Karol Józef Wojtyła, who would later become Pope John Paul II, was born in Wadowice, Poland. He was a significant religious leader who played a crucial role in the fall of communism in Eastern Europe Selective Service Act Passed, 1917During World War I, the U.S. Congress passed the Selective Service Act, which authorized the federal government to raise a national army through conscriptionBirthdays todaySonalee Kulkarni (born 1988)An Indian actress known for her work in Marathi and Hindi cinema, turning 36 years old today Zafar (born 1980)A Pakistani actor, singer, and songwriter who has worked extensively in Bollywood, turning 44 years old Johnson (1975)An American singer-songwriter, known for his acoustic pop and soft rock songs, as well as his environmental activism Yun-Fat (1955)A celebrated Hong Kong actor, known for his roles in films like \"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon\" and“The Killer”.George Strait (1952)An iconic American country music singer, songwriter, actor, and producer, often referred to as the \"King of Country\"


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