On This Day

What Happened on April 18, 1983

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • 87th Boston Marathon: American double; Greg Meyer men's champion in 2:09:00; Joan Benoit takes women's race in 2:22:43; her 2nd event title
  • A lone suicide bomber kills 63, at US Embassy in Lebanon
  • KMO-AM in Tacoma Wash changes call letters to KAMT (now KKMO)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Pulitzer Prize awarded to Alice Walker for the novel "The Color Purple"

Novelist Alice Walker
Novelist
Alice Walker

Famous Birthdays

  • Fodil Hadjadj, Algerian football player, born in Algiers, Algeria
  • Miguel Cabrera, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Maracay, Venezuela

Famous Deaths

  • Alan Melville, cricketer (11 Tests for South Africa, 894 runs), dies