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Interesting historical events that occurred on April 18…

April 17, 2012

April 18.  Wednesday.  Here’s what I thought was worthy of consideration…

1775 – American Revolution: The British advancement by sea begins; Paul Revere and other riders warn the countryside of the troop movements.

1831 – The University of Alabama is founded.

1848 – American victory at the battle of Cerro Gordo opens the way for invasion of Mexico.

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Albert Einstein

1880 – An F4 tornado strikes Marshfield, Missouri, killing 99 people and injuring 100.

1881 – Billy the Kid escapes from the Lincoln County jail in MesillaNew Mexico.

1906 – An earthquake and fire destroy much of San FranciscoCalifornia.

1912 – The Cunard liner RMS Carpathia brings 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic to New York City.

1923 – Yankee Stadium, “The House that Ruth Built”, opens.

1924 – Simon & Schuster publishes the first crossword puzzle book.

1936 – The first Champions Day is celebrated in DetroitMichigan.

1942 – World War II: The Doolittle Raid on JapanTokyoYokohamaKobe and Nagoya are bombed.

1943 – World War II: Operation Vengeance, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is killed when his aircraft is shot down by U.S. fighters over Bougainville Island.

1945 – Over 1,000 bombers attack the small island of HeligolandGermany.

1949 – The keel for the aircraft carrier USS United States is laid down at Newport News Drydock and Shipbuilding. However, construction is canceled five days later, resulting in the Revolt of the Admirals.

1958 – A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound be released from an insane asylum.

1981 – The longest professional baseball game is begun in PawtucketRhode Island. The game is suspended at 4:00 the next morning and finally completed on June 23.

1983 – A suicide bomber destroys the United States embassy in BeirutLebanon, killing 63 people.

1988 – The United States launches Operation Praying Mantis against Iranian naval forces in the largest naval battle since World War II.

2007 – The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 5-4 decision.


1857 – Clarence Darrow, American attorney (d. 1938)

1924 – Henry Hyde, American politician (d. 2007)

1944 – Robert Hanssen, American spy

1947 – James Woods, American actor

1953 – Rick Moranis, Canadian comedian

1956 – Eric Roberts, American actor

1963 – Conan O’Brien, American comedian

1972 – Eli Roth, American film director


1955 – Albert Einstein, German physicist (b. 1879)




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