On This Day

On This Day in History for April 18 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1980 Zimbabwe (formerly Southern Rhodesia) declares independence from UK
  • 1982 Canada Constitution Act replaces British North America Act
  • 1982 Zimbabwean capital Salisbury renamed Harare
  • 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 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
  • 1987 Pat Knauff, France sets 1-leg downhill ski speed record (115.012 mph)
  • 1990 Bankruptcy court forces Frank Lorenzo to give up Eastern Airlines
  • 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

  • 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
  • 1996 In Lebanon, at least 106 civilians are killed when the Israel Defense Forces accidentally shell the UN compound at Quana.
  • 2007 The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 5-4 decision
  • 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
  • 2014 12 Nepalese climbers are killed by an avalanche on Mt Everest
  • 2017 British Prime Minister Teresa May announces she will seek a "snap" election
  • 2018 Protests begin in Managua, Nicaragua, over proposed changes to social security, protesters beaten by suspected pro-government gangs
  • 2019 Irish Journalist Lyra McKee shot to death covering riots in Derry, Northern Ireland with dissident republican group the New IRA claiming responsibility
  • 2020 French flagship aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle reports over 1,000 cases of COVID-19, prompting an investigation
  • 2020 Canada's worst modern mass shooting as a gunman kills 18 people, including a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, across Nova Scotia

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