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    What happened on April 18

    • April 18, 1025 "Bolesaw I the Brave was crowned in Gniezno, becoming the first King of Poland."

    • April 18, 1506 The cornerstone of the current St. Peter's Basilica is laid.

    • April 18, 1518 Bona Sforza is crowned as queen consort of Poland.

    • April 18, 1676 "Sudbury, Mass attacked by Indians"

    • April 18, 1689 "Death of British Chief Justice Judge George Jeffreys in the Tower of London. He presided over the ""Bloody Assizes"" following the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685."

    • April 18, 1775 "American Revolution: Two lanterns were hung in the steeple of the Old North Church in Boston, Massachusetts, indicating British advancement by sea; Paul Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott ride to warn of impending arrests of Samuel Adams and John Hancock."

    • April 18, 1775 "At about 10 p.m., three men took to their horses to ride from Boston to Concord, MA to warn the citizens of the approaching British army. The famous poem, "Paul Revere's Ride", by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, glorified the Bostonian as the lone rider. He was, in fact, accompanied by William Dawes and Samuel Prescott. Only Prescott made it all the way to Concord. Revere was nabbed by a British cavalry patrol near Lexington, MA (Dawes and Prescott escaped)."

    • April 18, 1775 "Paul Revere & William Dawes warn ""the British are coming!"""

    • April 18, 1797 Battle of Neuwied - French victory against the Austrians.

    • April 18, 1831 "Publication starts of the weekly Sydney Herald, Australia's oldest still existing newspaper"

    • April 18, 1838 Wilkes' expedition to South Pole sails

    • April 18, 1839 "Henry Kendall, New South Wales Australia, poet (Bell Birds)"

    • April 18, 1846 The telegraph ticker was patented by R.E. House of New York City.

    • April 18, 1853 "First train in Asia (Bombay to Tanna, 36 km)"

    • April 18, 1861 Col Robert E Lee turns down offer to command Union armies

    • April 18, 1863 "In Weston-super-Mare, England Augustus Love born. Love waves, named after A.E.H. Love, are earthquake waves that move horizontally with respect to the direction of travel, with no vertical motion."

    • April 18, 1868 C H F Peters discovers asteroid #98 Ianthe

    • April 18, 1868 San Francisco Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals formed

    • April 18, 1869 "First international cricket match, held in SF, wins by Californian"

    • April 18, 1876 Daniel O'Leary completes a 500 mile walk in 139 hrs 32 min

    • April 18, 1880 "A F4 tornado strikes Marshfield, Missouri, killing 99 people and injuring 100."

    • April 18, 1881 "Billy the Kid escapes from his two jailers at the Liconln County jail in Mesilla, New Mexico, killing James Bell and Robert Ollinger before stealing a horse and riding out of town."

    • April 18, 1889 In Germany First distant earthquake recorded. Ernst von Rebeur-Paschwitz made the first known recordings of a distant earthquake.

    • April 18, 1889 "In Japan a 7+ quake occured near east coast of Honshu, Japan. Teleseism first identified on a seismogram. The instruments were horizontal pendulums, designed by Ernst von Rebeur-Paschwitz to measure slight changes in the direction of the vertical. Two of these pendulums, located in Potsdam and Wilhelmshaven, recorded a large earthquake on April 17, 1889. The earthquake had been felt in Japan about an hour before it was recorded in Germany"

    • April 18, 1895 New York State passed an act that established free public baths! They were to be open 14 hours a day and provide hot and cold water.

    • April 18, 1899 St. Andrew's Ambulance Association is granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria.

    • April 18, 1906 "An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.9 destroys much of San Francisco, California."

    • April 18, 1906 "SF earthquake & fire kills nearly 4,000 & destroys 75% of the city"

    • April 18, 1906 The Great San Francisco Earthquake occurred at 5:13 a.m.

    • April 18, 1906 "The Los Angeles Times runs a front-page story on the Azusa Street Revival, launching Pentecostalism as a worldwide movement."

    • April 18, 1907 Fairmont Hotel opens

    • April 18, 1909 Joan of Arc is beatified in Rome.

    • April 18, 1910 Walter R. Brookins made the first airplane flight at night.

    • April 18, 1911 J Helffrich discovers asteroid #713 Luscinia

    • April 18, 1915 French pilot Roland Garros was shot down and glided to a landing on the German side of the lines during World War I.

    • April 18, 1916 "In the Fox Islands, Alaska area a 7.4 quake was one of the largest earthquakes in the United States"

    • April 18, 1919 "Virginia O'Brien - American actress born. Died Jan 16, 2001) - USA"

    • April 18, 1923 "74,000 (62,281 paid) on hand for opening of Yankee Stadium"

    • April 18, 1923 Poland annexes Central Lithuania

    • April 18, 1923 "Yankee Stadium opened in the Bronx, NY"

    • April 18, 1923 "Yankee Stadium, ""The House that Ruth Built"", opens."

    • April 18, 1924 "Simon and Schuster, Inc. published the first " Crossword Puzzle Book"."

    • April 18, 1925 World's fair opens in Chicago

    • April 18, 1933 G Neujmin discovers asteroid #1277 Dolores

    • April 18, 1934 "The first ""Washateria"" (laundromat) opens (Ft Worth, Tx)"

    • April 18, 1934 The first Laundromat opened -- in Fort Worth.

    • April 18, 1935 "Gen Sarazen's double eagle on the 15th, wins him his 2nd Masters"

    • April 18, 1936 Clipper begins regular passenger flights from SF to Honolulu

    • April 18, 1938 Find headless Mad Butcher victim Cleveland

    • April 18, 1942 """Stars & Stripes"" paper for US armed forces starts"

    • April 18, 1942 James H Doolittle bombed Tokyo & other Japanese cities

    • April 18, 1942 Pierre Laval becomes Prime Minister of Vichy France.

    • April 18, 1942 Tor Maple Leafs beat Det Red Wings 4 games to 3 for the Stanley Cup

    • April 18, 1942 World War II: The Doolittle Raid on Tokyo occurs.

    • April 18, 1943 "World War II: ""Operation Peacock"", Isoroku Yamamoto is killed when his aircraft is shot down by U.S. fighters over the Solomon Islands."

    • April 18, 1944 Gerard Coté of Canada wins the 48th Boston Marathon won in 2:31:50.4.

    • April 18, 1945 "Clandestine Radio 1212, after broadcasting pro-nazi propoganda for months used their influence to trap 350,000 German army group B troops"

    • April 18, 1945 "Over 1,000 bombers attack the small island of Heligoland, Germany."

    • April 18, 1946 League of Nations dissolves (3 months after the UN starts)

    • April 18, 1946 The League of Nations is dissolved.

    • April 18, 1948 "Lockhead Hudson aircraft crashes at Lae, Papua New Guniea, claiming 37 lives."

    • April 18, 1949 Republic of Ireland withdraws from British Commonwealth

    • April 18, 1949 The Republic of Ireland Act comes into force.

    • April 18, 1950 First transatlantic jet passenger trip

    • April 18, 1950 Yankees win 15-10 after trailing Red Sox 9-0 in 6th

    • April 18, 1952 A Schmitt discovers asteroid #1614 Goldschmidt

    • April 18, 1954 Colonel Nasser seizes power in Egypt

    • April 18, 1954 Gamal Abdal Nasser seizes power in Egypt.

    • April 18, 1955 "Albert Einstein developer of relativity theory, dies"

    • April 18, 1956 Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier III of Monaco (civil ceremony)

    • April 18, 1957 Asteroid #2307 discovered

    • April 18, 1958 A U.S. federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound be released from an insane asylum.

    • April 18, 1960 French President Charles de Gaulle arrives in Ottawa for four-day visit.

    • April 18, 1961 CONCP is founded in Casablanca as a united front of African movements opposing Portuguese colonial rule.

    • April 18, 1963 Henrietta Kreis 3rd of famous Wallenda aerialist to fall to death

    • April 18, 1964 "Ben Hecht playwright (Child of the Century), dies at 71"

    • April 18, 1966 Bill Russell became first black coach in NBA history (Boston Celtics)

    • April 18, 1967 "Manitoba imposes 5% sales tax, effective June 1."

    • April 18, 1968 SF's Old Hall of Justice demolished

    • April 18, 1970 Number one hit on UK music charts - Dana - All Kinds Of Everything

    • April 18, 1971 "Howard Hughes billionaire, dies"

    • April 18, 1971 "Kingston penitentiary inmates stage four-day riot, holding five guards hostage; two convicts murdered, 11 injured."

    • April 18, 1974 Italian prosecutor Mario Sossi is kidnapped by the Red Brigades.

    • April 18, 1974 Prime Minister of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto inaugurates Lahore Dry port.

    • April 18, 1975 "John Lennon releases ""Stand by Me"""

    • April 18, 1976 "Percy Julian holder of more than 138 chemical patents, dies at 78"

    • April 18, 1977 Jerome Drayton wins the 81st Boston Marathon in in 2:14:46; the eighth Canadian to win the Marathon.

    • April 18, 1977 The Hall Commission Report on Grain Handling and Transportation is published. This recommends limited branch line abandonment on the prairies.

    • April 18, 1978 US Senate approves transfer of Panama Canal to Panam

    • April 18, 1979 """Real People"" premieres on NBC TV"

    • April 18, 1980 "The Republic of Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) comes into being, with Canaan Banana as the country's first President."

    • April 18, 1980 Zimbabwe's (Rhodesia) formal independence from Britain (Nat'l Day)

    • April 18, 1981 Number one hit on UK music charts - Bucks Fizz - Making Your Mind Up

    • April 18, 1982 Canada Constitution Act replaces British North America Act

    • April 18, 1983 "A lone suicide bomber kills 63, at the US Embassy in Lebanon"

    • April 18, 1983 "A suicide bomber destroys the United States embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 63 people."

    • April 18, 1983 Joan Benoit set a women's record for the Boston Marathon

    • April 18, 1983 KMO-AM in Tacoma Wash changes call letters to KAMT (now KKMO)

    • April 18, 1983 "N G Thomas discovers asteroid #2933 Amber, #3151 Talbot & #3561 Devine"

    • April 18, 1984 Challenger flies back to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB

    • April 18, 1984 "John Lee Mahin screenwriter, dies of emphysema at 81"

    • April 18, 1984 Michael Jackson faced surgery in Los Angeles. Doctors performed scalp surgery to repair damage done after the megastarís hair caught fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial on January 27. Jackson was hospitalized and recuperated for months before he could return to work.

    • April 18, 1985 "In Yunnan Province, China a 5.8 quake resulted in Twenty-three people killed, 300 injured and damage in the Luquan-Xundian area"

    • April 18, 1987 An unconscous skydiver is rescued by another diver in mid-air

    • April 18, 1987 "Pat Knauff, France sets 1-leg downhill ski speed record (115.012 mph)"

    • April 18, 1988 "Barbra Striesand records ""Warm All Over"""

    • April 18, 1988 U.S. launches Operation Praying Mantis against Iranian naval forces in the largest naval battle since World War II.

    • April 18, 1990 Bankruptcy court forces Frank Lorenzo to give up Eastern Airlines

    • April 18, 1990 "On the Minahassa Peninsula a 7.4 quake resulted in at least 3 people killed and 25 people injured. More than 1,140 houses damaged in the Bolaang-Gorontalo area"

    • April 18, 1991 Congress ends railroad worker 1 day strike

    • April 18, 1992 General Abdul Rashid Dostum revolted against President Mohammad Najibullah of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan and allied with Ahmed Shah Massoud to capture Kabul.

    • April 18, 1993 "In Peru a 6.3 earthquake centered centered about 70 kilometers northeast of Lima, killed six people"

    • April 18, 1993 "President of Pakistan, Ghulam Ishaq Khan dissolves the National Assembly and dismisses Cabinet."

    • April 18, 1994 "Richard Nixon, former President of the United States, suffers a stroke and dies four days later."

    • April 18, 1996 "In Lebanon, at least 106 civilians are killed when the Israel Defense Forces shell the UN compound at Quana."

    • April 18, 1999 Hockey player Wayne Gretzky's number (99) is retired league wide in the NHL.

    • April 18, 1999 "NATO launches its most active day of airstrikes in its assault on Yugoslavia,"

    • April 18, 2007 32 Chinese steel workers burn to death in the Qinghe Special Steel Corporation disaster.

    • April 18, 2007 The US Supreme Court upheld the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 5-4 decision.







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