On This Day

What Happened on April 18

Important Events

  • 1025 Bolesław Chrobry is crowned in Gniezno, becoming the first King of Poland
  • 1506 The cornerstone of the current St. Peter's Basilica is laid in the Vatican by Pope Julius II
  • 1775 Paul Revere and William Dawes ride from Charlestown to Lexington warning the "regulars are coming!"
  • 1783 Fighting ceases in the American Revolution, eight years to the day when it began
  • 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire kills nearly 4,000 while destroying 75% of the city
  • 1954 Colonel Gamal Abdal Nasser seizes power & becomes Prime Minister of Egypt
More Historical Events

April 18 in Film & TV

  • 2018 “Black Panther” is the first film shown at a commercial cinema in 35 years in Saudi Arabia as cinemas are reopened

April 18 in Music

  • 1985 Wham become the first western pop act to release an album in China

April 18 in Sport

  • 1809 First run of 2,000 guineas horse race at Newmarket, England

Did You Know?

1st crossword puzzle book published by Simon & Schuster

On April 18, 1924

Would You Believe?

1st "Washateria" (laundromat) opens (Fort Worth, Texas)

On April 18, 1934

Famous Weddings

  • 1599 Valencia arch duke Albrecht of Austrian marries Isabella of Spain
  • 1951 Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz (28) weds Joyce Halverson
  • 1956 US film actress Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier III of Monaco in a civil ceremony in Monaco

Famous Divorces

More Weddings & Divorces