On This Day for 18th April (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 198 of 198

  • 1958 NL single-game record of 78,682, Giants lose to Dogers 6-5, in LA

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1958 A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound is to be released from an insane asylum.

  • 1959 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1
  • 1961 CONCP is founded in Casablanca as a united front of African movements opposing Portuguese colonial rule.
  • 1962 16th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • 1963 Dr James Campbell performed the 1st human nerve transplant
  • 1963 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1
  • 1964 "Cafe Crown" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • 1964 "Foxy" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • 1964 Artisans strike in Belgium ends
  • 1964 Sandy Koufax is 1st to strike out the side on 9 pitches
  • 1964 Van Joe Orton's "Entertaining Mr Sloane"

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1966 Bill Russell became 1st black coach in NBA history (Boston Celtics)

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • 1968 178,000 employees of US Bell Telephone System go on strike
  • 1968 1st ABA basketball championship began
  • 1968 Dutch Department of Amnesty International forms
  • 1968 London Bridge is sold to US oil company (to be erected in Arizona)
  • 1968 Mart Crowley's "Boys in the Band" premieres in NYC
  • 1968 Peter Luke's "Hadrian VII" premieres in London
  • 1968 San Francisco's Old Hall of Justice demolished
  • 1968 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1969 Melina Mercouri establishes Greek Aid Fund
  • 1971 Gavaskar makes 220 in 2nd inning v WI after 124 in 1st

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1971 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Raleigh Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1972 "Lost in the Stars" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 39 performances
  • 1972 The Widgery Report on 'Bloody Sunday' in Northern Ireland is published, causing outrage among the people of Derry who call it the "Widgery Whitewash"

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1973 US Government ends Mandatory Oil Import Program, established in 1959 by President Eisenhower

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1974 Red Brigade kidnaps Italian attorney general Mario Sossi

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1975 John Lennon releases "Stand by Me"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1976 30th Tony Awards: Travesties & Chorus Line win
  • 1976 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Karsten- Ping Golf Open
  • 1977 "Side by Side" by Stephen Sondheim opens at Music Box NYC for 390 performances
  • 1977 81st Boston Marathon: Jerome Drayton of Canada 1st man in 2:14:46 and Miki Gorman of United States 1st woman in 2:48:33

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1977 Alex Haley, author of "Roots", awarded Pulitzer Prize

Writer Alex Haley
Alex Haley

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1977 Eddie Murray hits his 1st HR

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • 1977 Pulitzer prize awarded to Michael Cristofer for "Shadow Box"
  • 1978 Senate votes to turn Panama Canal over to Panama on Dec 31, 1999
  • 1979 "Real People" premieres on NBC TV
  • 1979 Major Haddad declares South-Lebanon independent
  • 1980 Zimbabwe (formerly Southern Rhodesia) declares independence from UK
  • 1981 Pawtucket & Rochester start a 33-inning baseball game
  • 1982 Atlanta Braves win record 11th straight opening game (beat Astros)
  • 1982 Canada Constitution Act replaces British North America Act
  • 1982 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA CPC Women's Golf International
  • 1982 Zimbabwean capital Salisbury renamed Harare
  • 1983 87th Boston Marathon: Greg Meyer of United States 1st man in 2:09:00 and Joan Benoit of United States 1st woman in 2:22:43
  • 1983 A lone suicide bomber kills 63, at US Embassy in Lebanon
  • 1983 KMO-AM in Tacoma Wash changes call letters to KAMT (now KKMO)

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1983 Pulitzer Prize awarded to Alice Walker for "The Color Purple"

Novelist Alice Walker
Alice Walker
  • 1983 Rangers 3-Isles 1-Patrick Div Finals-Series tied at 2-2
  • 1984 Challenger flies back to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly Air Force Base
  • 1984 Joan Benoit runs world record female marathon (2:22:43)
  • 1985 Flyers 3-Isles 0-Patrick Div Finals-Flyers hold 1-0 lead
  • 1986 Robert M Gates becomes deputy director of CIA
  • 1986 Titan rocket explodes seconds after liftoff from Vandenberg AFB
  • 1987 An unconscious skydiver is rescued by another diver in mid-air
  • 1987 Bob Land wins his 6th straight Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race

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1987 Mike Schmidt hits 500th home run (vs Robinson-Pirates)

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • 1987 Pat Knauff, France sets 1-leg downhill ski speed record (115.012 mph)
  • 1988 92nd Boston Marathon: Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya 1st man in 2:08:43 and Rosa Mota of Portugal 1st woman in 2:24:30

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1988 Barbra Streisand records "Warm All Over"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1990 Bankruptcy court forces Frank Lorenzo to give up Eastern Airlines
  • 1990 Birmingham Fire issued an original franchise in WLAF
  • 1990 Supreme Court rules states could make it a crime to possess or look at child pornography, even in one's home
  • 1991 US Census Bureau said it failed to count up to 63 million in 1990 census
  • 1991 Congress ends railroad worker 1 day strike

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1991 John Stockton breaks his own NBA season assist record at 1,136

NBA Point Guard John Stockton
NBA Point Guard
John Stockton
  • 1992 Start of South Africa's 1st Test Cricket since 1970 (v WI Bridgetown)
  • 1993 "Ain't Broadway Grand" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 25 performances
  • 1993 54th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Tom Wargo

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1993 David Lee Roth arrested in NYC for purchasing marijuana for $10

Van Halen Rocker David Lee Roth
Van Halen Rocker
David Lee Roth
  • 1993 Trish Johnson wins LPGA Atlanta Women's Golf Championship
  • 1994 "Beauty & the Beast" opens at Palace Theater NYC
  • 1994 98th Boston Marathon: Cosmas Ndeti of Kenya 1st man in 2:07:15 and Uta Pippig of Germany 1st woman in 2:21:45
  • 1994 Arsenio Hall announces he will end his show in May 1994
  • 1994 Brian Lara scores 375 for WI vs England to beat Sobers' record
  • 1994 Cricketer Brian Lara hits 375 runs on 1 day (world record)
  • 1994 Former President Nixon suffered a stroke & dies 4 days later
  • 1994 Lebanon drops relations with Iran
  • 1994 STS-59 (Endeavour) lands [approx]
  • 1995 Houston Post folds after 116 years

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1995 Quarterback Joe Montana announces his retirement from football

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • 1996 "Funny Thing Happened" opens at St James Theater NYC for 715 performances
  • 1996 In Lebanon, at least 106 civilians are killed when the Israel Defense Forces accidentally shell the UN compound at Quana.

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1998 1998 NFL Draft: Peyton Manning from University of Tennessee first pick by Indianapolis Colts

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning
  • 1998 51st British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Full Monty" Best Film, Baz Luhrmann Best Director

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1999 Wayne Gretzky plays his last game in the NHL, as his New York Rangers lose 2-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 2004 50th British Academy Television Awards: "Little Britain" Best Comedy, "Buried" Best Drama
  • 2005 109th Boston Marathon: Hailu Negussie of Ethiopia 1st man in 2:11:44 and Catherine Ndereba of Kenya 1st woman in 2:25:12
  • 2007 The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 5-4 decision.

Music-awardsMusic Awards

2010 45th Academy of Country Music Awards: Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, and Miranda Lambert win

  • 2011 115th Boston Marathon: Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya 1st man in 2:03:02 (course record) and Caroline Kilel of Kenya 1st woman in 2:22:36
  • 2012 The Casoria Contemporary Art Museum in Naples begins burning artworks after cultural institution budget cuts
  • 2013 27 people are killed and 65 are injured in a cafe bombing in Baghdad, Iraq
  • 2013 Two earth-like planets are discovered orbiting the star Kepler-62

Film-release-premierFilm Premier

2013 "Iron Man 3", directed by Shane Black, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, premieres in London

  • 2014 12 Nepalese climbers are killed by an avalanche on Mt Everest

Hall-of-fameHall of Fame

2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Lou Reed, Ringo Starr, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Green Day, Bill Withers, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and the 5 Royales

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan
Musician, Singer and Songwriter
Stevie Ray Vaughan

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 259

  • 1925 Lionel Edmund "Sonny" Taylor, musician
  • 1925 Robert Caldwell Crawford, composer
  • 1926 Doug Insole, cricketer (England batsman of the 50's, nine Tests)
  • 1926 Gunter Meisner, Germany, actor (Between Wars, Quiller Memorandum)
  • 1927 Tadeusz Mazowiecki, premier of Poland (1989-90)
  • 1927 Jim De Courcy, cricketer (in Newcastle Australian batsman 1953)

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1927 Samuel P. Huntington, American political scientist (The Clash of Civilizations) and presidential adviser, born in NYC, New York (d. 2008)

Political Scientist and Presidential Adviser Samuel P. Huntington
Political Scientist and Presidential Adviser
Samuel P. Huntington
  • 1928 Jean-Francois Pailliard, Vitry-le-Francois France, conductor
  • 1929 Peter Hordern, British CEO (Fina)
  • 1929 Peter Jeffrey, actor (Dr Phibes Rides Again, Twinsanity)
  • 1930 Clive Revill, Wellington NZ, actor (Legend of Hell House)
  • 1931 Klas Lestander, Sweden, 20K biathlon (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1932 Dominic Milroy, OSB/headmaster (Ampleforth College England)
  • 1933 Alan Devereux, CEO (Scottish Tourist Board)
  • 1934 Jaap Scherpenhuizen, Groningen, Netherlands, Dutch MP (VVD)
  • 1934 James Drury, actor (Virginian), born in NYC, New York
  • 1934 Jan Klusak, composer
  • 1934 Mark Kingston, actor (Intimate Contact)
  • 1934 George Shirley, American tenor
  • 1935 Joel Hefley, (Rep-R-Colorado)
  • 1935 Paul A Rothchild, record producer
  • 1936 Brian Fuller, commandant (Fire Service College, England)
  • 1936 Harold Innocent, [HS Harrison], English actor (Tall Guy)
  • 1936 Madeleine Gillian Jinkinson, medical administrator
  • 1937 Robert Hooks, actor (Fast Walking, Aaron Loves Angela), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1937 Tatyana Shchelkanova, USSR, long jumper (Olympic-bronze-1964)
  • 1937 Jan Kaplick√Ĺ, British architect of Czech origin
  • 1938 Andreas J "Cat" Liebenberg, supreme commander (S Afr army)
  • 1939 Glen Hardin, rocker
  • 1939 Von McDaniel, baseball player
  • 1939 Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • 1939 Thomas J. Moyer, American judge
  • 1940 Ed Garvey, American labor leader (NFL Players Association), born in Burlington, Wisconsin
  • 1940 Ira von Furstenberg, [Virginia Caroline] Rome Italy, Princess (Monaco)
  • 1940 Joseph L Goldstein, Sumter SC, physician (Nobel-1985)
  • 1940 Skip Stephenson, comedian (Real People), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1992)
  • 1941 Mike Vickers, rock guitarist (Manfred Mann-Mighty Quinn)
  • 1941 Walter Francis Sweeney, Cohasset, Massachusetts, NFL Guard (San Diego Chargers), (d. 2013)
  • 1942 Dick K J Tommel, chemist/(D66) Dutch Asst Sec of State (1994- )
  • 1942 Jochen Rindt, German race car driver
  • 1942 Steve Blass, American professional baseball player
  • 1944 Irvine Shillingford, cricketer (cousin of Grayson, 4 Tests for WI)
  • 1944 Rudy Shackelford, composer

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1944 Robert Hanssen, FBI agent and Soviet spy, born in Chicago Illinois

FBI Agent and Soviet Spy Robert Hanssen
FBI Agent and Soviet Spy
Robert Hanssen
  • 1945 Margaret Hassan, Irish-born aid worker (d. 2004)
  • 1946 Alexander "Skip" Spence, Canada, guitarist/vocalist (Moby Grape-Omaha)
  • 1946 Anne Boyd, composer
  • 1946 Harvey Kagan, rocker
  • 1946 Hayley Mills, actress (Parent Trap, Pollyanna), born in London, England
  • 1946 Lenny Baker, rocker (Sha Na Na)
  • 1947 David Gee, director (Friends of the Earth)
  • 1947 Dorothy Lyman, Minneapolis Mn, (All my Children, Naomi-Mama's Family)

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1947 James Woods, Warwick RI, actor (Salvador, Against All Odds)

  • 1947 Lori Martin, Glendale California, actress (Velvet-National Velvet)
  • 1947 Kathy Acker, American author (d. 1997)
  • 1947 Herbert Mullin, American serial killer

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1948 "Tiny" Nate Archibald, NBA guard (Cincinnati), born in NYC, New York

NBA Point Guard Nate Archibald
NBA Point Guard
Nate Archibald
  • 1948 Catherine Malfitano, soprano (Metropolitan Opera), born in NYC, New York
  • 1949 Geoff Bodine, American race car driver
  • 1950 Bill Sudderth III, trumpeteer (Atlantic Star-Touch 4 Leaf Clover)
  • 1950 Kenny Ortega, American film and TV producer and choreographer
  • 1951 Ricardo Fortaleza, Australian-Filipino boxer
  • 1951 Pierre Pettigrew, Canadian politician
  • 1952 Jim Scholten, Midland Mich, country singer (Betty's Bein' Bad)

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1953 Rick Moranis, Canadian actor (SCTV, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Spaceballs), born in Toronto, Ontario

Actor and Musician Rick Moranis
Actor and Musician
Rick Moranis
  • 1954 Kim Stone, bassist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)
  • 1955 Amschel Rothschild, banker
  • 1955 Anne-Marie Palli, Ciboure France, LPGA golfer (1992 ShopRite)
  • 1956 David Wayne Edwards, Neosho MO, PGA golfer (1980 Walt Disney)
  • 1956 Eric Roberts, Miss, actor (Pope of Greenwich Village, King of Gypsies)
  • 1956 John James, Minneapolis Mn, actor (Jeff Colby-Dynasty)
  • 1956 Melody Thomas Scott, actress (Nikki-Young & Restless)
  • 1956 Anna Kathryn Holbrook, American actress
  • 1956 Poonam Dhillon, Indian actress
  • 1958 Bernadette Robi, model/ex-wife of football player Lynn Swann
  • 1958 Lee Pattinson, rock bassist (Echo & Bunnymen-Heaven Up Here)
  • 1958 Malcolm Marshall, cricketer (WI quickie 1978-91, WI top wicket-taker)
  • 1959 Jim Eisenreich, St Cloud MN, outfielder (Philadelphia Phillies, Fla Marlins)
  • 1960 Ocl Sweda, rocker (Bulletboys)
  • 1961 Ian Doig, Seaforth Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (1985 Florida Classic)
  • 1961 Jane Leeves, actress (Murphy Brown, Daphne Moon-Fraiser), born in London, England
  • 1961 Jeff Cook, Muncie IN, Nike golfer (1990 Greater Ozarks Open)
  • 1961 Kelly Hansen, heavy metal rocker (Hurricane-I'm on to You)
  • 1961 Pamella Bordes, New Dehli India, Brit parliament prostitute
  • 1961 Steve Lombardi, American wrestler
  • 1962 Mick Sweda, heavy metal (Bulletboys, King Kobra-Ready to Strike)
  • 1962 Shirlie Hollman, rocker (Pepsi & Shirley-All Right Now)
  • 1962 Wilber Marshall, NFL linebacker (NY Jets)

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1963 Conan Chris O'Brien, Brookline Mass, TV host (Late Night)

TV Host Conan O'Brien
TV Host
Conan O'Brien
  • 1963 Phil Simmons, cricketer (West Indian opening batsman)
  • 1963 Eric McCormack, Canadian-American actor (Will and Grace)
  • 1964 Niall Ferguson, British historian
  • 1964 Rithy Panh, Cambodian film director
  • 1964 Jim Ellison, musician
  • 1964 Mark Berry, aka Bez, Dancer in Happy Mondays
  • 1965 Diana Villegas, rocker (Triplets)
  • 1965 Sylvia Villegas, rocker (Triplets)
  • 1965 Vicky Villegas, rocker (Triplets)
  • 1965 Rob Stenders, Dutch radio discjockey
  • 1966 Chuck Wade, Menomonee Falls Wisc, diver (Olympics-96)

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 114 of 114

  • 1996 Robert William Paine, architect, dies at 88
  • 1997 Edward Barker, cartoonist, dies at 46
  • 1998 Terry Sanford, American politician (b. 1917)

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2002 Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian explorer (Kon Tiki expedition) (b. 1914)

Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer Thor Heyerdahl
Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer
Thor Heyerdahl
  • 2002 Wahoo McDaniel, American football player and professional wrestler (b. 1938)
  • 2003 Edgar F. Codd, English computer scientist (b. 1923)
  • 2004 Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, first Prime Minister of Fiji and President of Fiji (b. 1920)
  • 2005 Sam Mills, American football player (b. 1959)
  • 2007 Iccho Itoh, mayor of Nagasaki (b. 1945)
  • 2009 Stephanie Parker, Welsh actress (b. 1987)
  • 2011 Olubayo Adefemi, Nigerian footballer (b. 1985)

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2012 Dick Clark, American radio and television personality (American Bandstand), dies from a heart attack at 82

Radio and Television Personality Dick Clark
Radio and Television Personality
Dick Clark
  • 2013 Storm Thorgerson, English graphic designer, dies from cancer at 69
  • 2015 Joseph Lechleider, American electrical engineer (invented DSL/high speed internet technology), dies at 82