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Historical Events on April 18

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  • 310 St Eusebius begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 387 Bishop Ambrosius of Milan baptizes Augustinus
  • 1025 Bolesław Chrobry is crowned in Gniezno, becoming the first King of Poland

Papal VisitSt Peter's Basilica

1506 The cornerstone of the current St. Peter's Basilica is laid in the Vatican by Pope Julius II
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St Peter's Basilica in Rome
St Peter's Basilica in Rome
  • 1518 Bona Sforza is crowned queen consort of Poland

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1521 Diet of Worms: Cardinal Alexander questions Martin Luther

Founder of Protestanism Martin Luther
Founder of Protestanism
Martin Luther
  • 1552 Mauritius of Saksen occupies Linz
  • 1663 Osman declares war on Austria
  • 1666 Peace of Kleef: Netherlands & bishop Von Galen of Munster
  • 1676 Sudbury, Massachussetts, attacked by Indians
  • 1688 "Germantown Quaker Petition Against Slavery": Francis Daniel Pastorius authors 1st formal written protest against African-American slavery in English colonies in Germantown, Pennsylvania
  • 1738 Real Academia de la Historia ("Royal Academy of History") founded in Madrid

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1775 Paul Revere and William Dawes ride from Charlestown to Lexington warning the "regulars are coming!"

American Patriot Paul Revere
American Patriot
Paul Revere
  • 1783 Fighting ceases in the American Revolution, eight years to the day when it began
  • 1797 France & Austria sign ceasefire
  • 1809 First run of 2,000 guineas horse race at Newmarket, England

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1835 William Lamb (Lord Melbourne) becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after Robert Peel resigns out of frustration

British Prime Minister William Lamb
British Prime Minister
William Lamb
British Prime Minister Robert Peel
British Prime Minister
Robert Peel
  • 1848 American victory at the battle of Cerro Gordo opens the way for invasion of Mexico
  • 1856 Russian Chancellor Count Nesselrode resigns

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1861 Colonel Robert E. Lee turns down offer to command Union armies (US Civil War)

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee
  • 1862 Battle of Fort Jackson, Fort St Philip & New Orlean's, Louisiana
  • 1864 Battle of Poison Springs, Arkansas (Camden Expedition)
  • 1864 Battle of Dybbøl: Denmark is defeated by Prussian and Austrian forces storming Dybbol fort in the deciding battle of the Second Schleswig War

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1865 Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston surrenders to General William T. Sherman in North Carolina

US Army Officer and Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston
US Army Officer and Confederate General
Joseph E. Johnston
Union General William Tecumseh Sherman
Union General
William Tecumseh Sherman
  • 1868 San Francisco Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals formed
  • 1869 1st international cricket match, held in San Francisco, won by California

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1874 David Livingstone, African explorer, buried in Westminster Abbey

Physician and Explorer David Livingstone
Physician and Explorer
David Livingstone
  • 1876 Daniel O'Leary completes a 500 mile walk in 139 hrs 32 min
  • 1879 Trial of Standing Bear-Crook on indians citizen rights begins
  • 1880 An F4 tornado strikes Marshfield, Missouri, killing 99 people and injuring 100.
  • 1881 Natural History Museum opens in South Kensington, England
  • 1890 NY Commission of Emigration ends, closing Castle Clinton
  • 1898 2nd Boston Marathon won by Canadian Ron McDonald in race record 2:42:00
  • 1899 John McGraw, at 36, has his managerial debut as Oriole manager

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1899 St. Andrew's Ambulance Association is granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria

Queen of the United Kingdom Queen Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Queen Victoria
  • 1904 L'Humanité, under Jean Jaurès begins publishing

  • 1904 8th Boston Marathon won by Michael Spring in 2:38:04.4
  • 1906 Calvinist Reformed Union in Neth Church forms in Utrecht

Historic CommunicationSan Francisco Earthquake of 1906

1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire kills nearly 4,000 while destroying 75% of the city
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Arnold Genthe's famous photograph, looking toward the fire on Sacramento Street
Arnold Genthe's famous photograph, looking toward the fire on Sacramento Street
  • 1906 The Los Angeles Times story on the Azusa Street Revival launches Pentecostalism as a worldwide movement
  • 1907 Augustus Thomas' "Witching Hour" premieres in NYC
  • 1907 Fairmont Hotel opens in San Francisco

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1908 Tommy Burns KOs Jewy Smith in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1910 14th Boston Marathon won by Canadian Fred Cameron in 2:28:52.4
  • 1912 Cunard liner RMS Carpathia brings 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic to New York City
  • 1912 Tripolitan War: in continuing hostilities, Turkey closes the Dardanelles Straits after an Italian naval bombardment of the coastline
  • 1915 French pilot Roland Garros is shot down and glides to a landing on the German side of the lines during World War I.
  • 1916 US Secretary of State Warns Germany that the USA may break diplomatic relations unless torpedo attacks on unarmed ships stop

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

1916 Edith Wharton is appointed Chevalier of the Legion of Honour, France’s highest award, for her contribution to the war effort

Pulitzer prize winning novelist Edith Wharton
Pulitzer prize winning novelist
Edith Wharton
  • 1918 Cleveland center fielder Tris Speaker turns an unassisted double play
  • 1921 Junior Achievement incorporated in Colorado Spring
  • 1921 Philip James Barry's "Punch for Judy" premieres in NYC
  • 1921 25th Boston Marathon won by Frank Zuna in race record 2:18:57.6
  • 1922 Netherlands soccer team defeats Denmark 2-0
  • 1923 74,000 (62,281 paid) on hand for opening of Yankee Stadium
  • 1923 Poland annexes Central Lithuania
  • 1924 1st crossword puzzle book published by Simon & Schuster
  • 1925 World's Fair opens in Chicago
  • 1926 Rhein Stadium opens in Dusseldorf, Germany

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1927 Chiang Kai-shek forms anti-government in China

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek

Sport awardBoston Marathon

1927 31st Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar in 2:40:22.2; his 5th victory in the event

Marathon Runner Clarence DeMar
Marathon Runner
Clarence DeMar
  • 1929 Palace for People's industry in Amsterdam devastated by fire
  • 1930 Attempted raid on the armoury of police and auxiliary forces in Chittagong in Bengal province, British India by armed pro-independence revolutionaries led by Surya Sen popularly known as Master-da
  • 1930 BBC news announcer announces "there is no news" at 20:45 news bulletin, plays music instead
  • 1932 36th Boston Marathon won by German runner Paul de Bruyn in 2:33:36.4
  • 1934 1st "Washateria" (laundromat) opens (Fort Worth, Texas)

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

1934 Adolf Hitler names Joachim von Ribbentrop ambassador for disarmament

Foreign Minister of the German Reich Joachim von Ribbentrop
Foreign Minister of the German Reich
Joachim von Ribbentrop
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1935 Gen Sarazen's double eagle on 15th, wins him his 2nd Masters
  • 1935 Netherlands election (Musserts NSB wins 8% of vote)
  • 1936 Pan-Am Clipper begins regular passenger flights from San Francisco to Honolulu
  • 1938 Headless Mad Butcher victim found in Cleveland
  • 1938 42nd Boston Marathon won by Leslie Pawson in 2:35:34.8; his second victory in the event
  • 1939 Franz von Papen becomes German ambassador in Turkey
  • 1939 Hubert Pierlot forms Belgian government
  • 1942 "Stars & Stripes" paper for US armed forces starts

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1942 James Doolittle bombs Tokyo & other Japanese cities

Aviation Pioneer Jimmy Doolittle
Aviation Pioneer
Jimmy Doolittle
  • 1942 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 3-1 for a 4-3 series win; Toronto recovers after losing first 3 games
  • 1944 Leonard Bernstein & Jerome Robbins' ballet premieres in NYC
  • 1945 1 armed outfielder, St Louis Brown Pete Gray, 1st game he goes 1 for 4
  • 1945 Epe freed (by corporal G van Aken)
  • 1945 Clandestine Radio 1212, after broadcasting pro-nazi propaganda for months used their influence to trap 350,000 German army group B troops
  • 1945 Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Bolivia established
  • 1946 Rome, Auerbach and Horwitt's musical "Call Me Mister" opens at National Theater NYC for 734 performances

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1946 Jackie Robinson debuts as 2nd baseman for the Montreal Royals

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1946 League of Nations dissolves (3 months after UN starts)

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1946 US recognizes Tito's Yugoslavia government

President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary Josip Broz Tito
President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary
Josip Broz Tito
  • 1948 International Court of Justice opens at The Hague Netherlands
  • 1949 Republic of Ireland withdraws from British Commonwealth
  • 1949 53rd Boston Marathon won by Gösta Leandersson of Sweden in 2:31:50.8
  • 1950 1st opening night-game, Cards beat Pirates, 4-2
  • 1950 Polish Catholic church & government sign accord over relations

  • 1950 Sam Jethroe is 1st African American to play for Boston Braves
  • 1950 Yankees win 15-10 after trailing Red Sox 9-0 in 6th
  • 1951 "Make a Wish" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 102 performances
  • 1951 Dutch Antilles government of Da Costa Gomez forms
  • 1951 France, West Germany & Benelux form European Steel & Coal Community
  • 1953 "Pal Joey" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 542 performances
  • 1954 Colonel Gamal Abdal Nasser seizes power & becomes Prime Minister of Egypt
  • 1955 "Ankles Aweigh" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 176 performances
  • 1955 1st "Walk"/"Don't Walk" lighted street signals installed
  • 1955 1st Bandoeng Conference - Afro-Asian conference opens
  • 1955 59th Boston Marathon won by Hideo Hamamura of Japan in 2:18:22
  • 1956 Egypt & Israel agree to a cease fire
  • 1958 Government troops reconquer Padang, Middle-Sumatra Indonesia
  • 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 Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Canadiens' 4th straight title; beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-3 for a 4-1 series win
  • 1960 64th Boston Marathon won by Paavo Kotila of Finland in 2:20:54
  • 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 Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: Toronto Maple Leafs go back-to-back with a 3-1 Game 5 win over Detroit Red Wings for a 4-1 series victory
  • 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 becomes first African American coach in NBA history (Boston Celtics)

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • 1966 70th Boston Marathon: Kenji Kimihara of Japan wins in 2:17:11; American Bobbi Gibb first woman in 3:21:40 (unsanctioned)
  • 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 Greek actress and activist Melina Mercouri establishes Greek Aid Fund
  • 1970 France beats England, 35-13 at Stade Colombes, Paris to earn a share of the Five Nations Rugby Championship with Wales
  • 1971 Gavaskar makes 220 in 2nd inning v WI after 124 in 1st

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1972 "Lost in the Stars" based on the novel "Cry the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 39 performances

Author and Apartheid Activist Alan Paton
Author and Apartheid Activist
Alan Paton
  • 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

Music releaseMusic Single

1975 John Lennon releases single "Stand by Me"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1976 30th Tony Awards: "Travesties" & "A Chorus Line" win
  • 1977 "Side by Side" by Stephen Sondheim opens at Music Box NYC for 390 performances
  • 1977 81st Boston Marathon: Canadian Jerome Drayton wins men's race in 2:14:46; American Miki Gorman takes her 2nd women's event in 2:48:33

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1977 Alex Haley author of "Roots" awarded Pulitzer Prize

Writer Alex Haley
Writer
Alex Haley

Sports record brokenBaseball Event

1977 Eddie Murray hits his 1st HR

MLB 1st Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB 1st 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 Longest game in Professional Baseball: Pawtucket Red Sox tie Rochester Red Wings 2-2 in 32 innings (game resumed 23rd June)
  • 1982 Atlanta Braves win record 11th straight opening game (beat Astros)
  • 1982 Canada Constitution Act replaces British North America Act
  • 1982 Zimbabwean capital Salisbury renamed Harare
  • 1983 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
  • 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 novel "The Color Purple"

Novelist Alice Walker
Novelist
Alice Walker
  • 1984 Space Shuttle Challenger flies back to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly Air Force Base
  • 1984 Joan Benoit runs world record female marathon (2:22:43)
  • 1985 Wham become the first western pop act to release an album in China
  • 1986 IBM produces 1st megabit-chip
  • 1986 Robert M Gates becomes deputy director of CIA
  • 1986 Titan rocket explodes seconds after liftoff from Vandenberg AFB
  • 1987 Bob Land wins his 6th straight Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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)
  • 1987 Gregory Robertson does 200-mph free fall to save unconscious skydiver near Coolidge, Arizona
  • 1988 92nd Boston Marathon: Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya wins men's race in 2:08:43; Rosa Mota of Portugal repeats as women's champion in 2:24:30

Music releaseMusic Recording

1988 Barbra Streisand records "Warm All Over"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and 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

Sports record brokenNBA Record

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

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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
  • 1994 "Beauty & the Beast" opens at Palace Theater NYC
  • 1994 98th Boston Marathon: Cosmas Ndeti of Kenya wins 2nd straight title in 2:07:15; Uta Pippig of Germany claims women's race in 2:21:45
  • 1994 Arsenio Hall announces he will end his show in May 1994
  • 1994 Cricketer Brian Lara hits 375 runs on 1 day for WI vs England to beat Gary Sobers' 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 on the Way to the Forum" 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 NFL Draft: Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning 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 claims men's section in 2:11:44; Catherine Ndereba of Kenya wins back-to-back races and 4th overall women's title in 2:25:12
  • 2007 The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 5-4 decision
  • 2008 NBA owners give approval of a potential Seattle SuperSonics' relocation to Oklahoma City in a 28–2 vote by the Board of Governors

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

  • 2011 115th Boston Marathon: Kenyan double; Geoffrey Mutai wins men's race in record 2:03:02; Caroline Kilel takes women's section 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
Bassist Rocker Mike Dirnt
Bassist Rocker
Mike Dirnt