What Happened on April 18

Significant 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
  • 1775 Paul Revere and William Dawes ride from Charleston 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
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Did You Know?

1st crossword puzzle book published by Simon & Schuster

On April 18, 1924

Would You Believe?

Denmark is first country to adopt fingerprinting to identify criminals

On April 18, 1902

Famous Weddings

  • 1599 Valencia arch duke Albrecht of Austrian marries Isabella of Spain
  • 1951 Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz (28) weds Joyce Halverson
  • 1956 Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier III of Monaco (civil ceremony)
  • 1973 American sci-fi writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 5th wife Leslie (Tessa) Busby
  • 1992 Tennis ace Stefan Edberg marries Annette Olsen in Sweden

Famous Divorces

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