What Happened on April 18

Historical Events

  • 1775 Paul Revere and William Dawes ride from Charlestown to Lexington warning the "regulars are coming!"
  • 1783 American Revolution: George Washington issues General Order announcing the end of hostilities with Britain, giving thanks to the Almighty, and offering congratulations and authorizing an extra ration of alcohol to the troops to celebrate [1]
  • 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire kills nearly 4,000 while destroying 75% of the city
  • 1954 Egyptian Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser seizes power and appoints himself Prime Minister
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Apr 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

Apr 18 in Music

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

Apr 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; divorce in 1972
  • 1956 American film actress Grace Kelly (26) weds Prince Rainier III of Monaco (33) in a civil ceremony at the Prince's Palace in Monaco-Ville, Monaco

Famous Divorces


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