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Events Throughout History

Historical Events for April 18th

  • Year 1025 » Bolesław I Chrobry called Bolesław Chrobry is crowned in Gniezno, becoming the first List of Polish monarchs e.g King of Poland.
  • Year 1518 » Bona Sforza is crowned as queen consort of Poland.
  • Year 1521 » Trial of Martin Luther begins its second day during the assembly of the Diet of Worms. He refuses to recant his Lutheranism or teachings despite the risk of excommunication.
  • Year 1689 » Bostonians rise up 1689 Boston revolt named in rebellion against Sir Edmund Andros.
  • Year 1738 » 'Real Academia de la Historia' ("Royal Academy of History") is founded in Madrid.
  • Year 1775 » American Revolution: The Battles of Lexington and Concord called British advancement by sea begins; Paul Revere and other riders warn the countryside of the troop movements.
  • Year 1797 » The Battle of Neuwied (1797) e.g Battle of Neuwied France called French victory against the Austrians.
  • Year 1807 » The Harwich ferry disaster occurred near the North Sea port of Harwich on the Essex coast (England) in which 60-90 people drowned during the capsizing of a small ferry boat.
  • Year 1831 » The University of Alabama is founded.
  • Year 1848 » American victory at the battle of Cerro Gordo opens the way for invasion of Mexico.
  • Year 1857 » "The Spirits Book" by Allan Kardec is published, marking the birth of Spiritualism in France.
  • Year 1864 » Battle of Dybbøl: A Kingdom of Prussia Prussian-Austrian Empire Austrian army defeats Denmark and gains control of Duchy of Schleswig Schleswig. Denmark surrenders the province in the following peace settlement.
  • Year 1880 » An Fujita scale known as F4 tornado strikes Marshfield, Missouri, killing 99 people and injuring 100.
  • Year 1881 » Billy the Kid escapes from the Lincoln County, New Mexico or Lincoln County jail in Mesilla, New Mexico.
  • Year 1897 » The Greco-Turkish War (1897) or Greco-Turkish War is declared between Greece and the Ottoman Empire.
  • Year 1902 » Quetzaltenango, the second largest city of Guatemala, is 1902 Guatemala earthquake e.g destroyed by an earthquake.
  • Year 1906 » 1906 San Francisco earthquake called An earthquake and fire destroy much of San Francisco, California.
  • Year 1909 » Joan of Arc is beatified in Rome.
  • Year 1912 » The Cunard Line Cunard liner RMS Carpathia brings 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic to New York City.
  • Year 1915 » France French pilot Roland Garros (aviator) Roland Garros is shot down and glides to a landing on the Germany German side of the lines during World War I.
  • Year 1923 » Yankee Stadium (1923) called Yankee Stadium, "The House that Babe Ruth or Ruth Built", opens.
  • Year 1924 » Simon & Schuster publishes the first crossword puzzle book.
  • Year 1930 » BBC reported there was no news, then played out with piano music.
  • Year 1936 » The first Champions Day is celebrated in Detroit, Michigan.
  • Year 1942 » World War II: The Doolittle Raid on Japan. Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe and Nagoya are bombed.
  • Year 1942 » Pierre Laval becomes Prime Minister of Vichy France.
  • Year 1943 » World War II: Operation Vengeance, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is killed when his aircraft is shot down by U.S. fighters over Bougainville Island.
  • Year 1945 » Over 1,000 bombers attack the small island of Heligoland, Germany.
  • Year 1946 » The International Court of Justice holds its inaugural meeting in The Hague, Netherlands.
  • Year 1949 » The keel for the aircraft carrier USS United States CVA-58 6 is laid down at Northrop Grumman Newport News Newport News Drydock and Shipbuilding. However, construction is canceled five days later, resulting in the Revolt of the Admirals.
  • Year 1954 » Gamal Abdal Nasser seizes power in Egypt.
  • Year 1955 » Twenty-nine nations meet at Bandung, Indonesia, for the first Asian-African Conference.
  • Year 1958 » A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound be released from an insane asylum.
  • Year 1961 » Conferência das Organizações Nacionalistas das Colónias Portuguesas e.g CONCP is founded in Casablanca as a united front of African movements opposing Portugal named Portuguese colonial rule.
  • Year 1961 » The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, a cornerstone of modern international relations, is adopted.
  • Year 1981 » The longest professional baseball game is begun in Pawtucket, Rhode Island named Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The game is suspended at 4:00 the next morning and finally completed on June 23.
  • Year 1983 » A suicide bomber April 1983 U.S. Embassy bombing known as destroys the United States embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 63 people.
  • Year 1988 » The United States launches Operation Praying Mantis against Iranian naval forces in the largest naval battle since World War II.
  • Year 1992 » General Abdul Rashid Dostum revolts against President of Afghanistan known as President Mohammad Najibullah of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan and allies with Ahmed Shah Massoud to capture Kabul.
  • Year 1996 » In Lebanon, at least 106 civilians are 1996 shelling of Qana known as killed when the Israel Defense Forces shell the United Nations compound at Quana where more than 800 civilians had taken refuge.
  • Year 2007 » The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 5–4 decision.
  • Year 2007 » A 18 April 2007 Baghdad bombings called series of bombings, two of them being suicide bomber e.g suicides, occur in Baghdad, killing 198 and injuring 251.
  • Year 2013 » A 18 April 2013 Baghdad bombing e.g suicide bombing in a Baghdad cafe kills 27 people and injures another 65.
  • Year 2014 » 16 people are killed in an 2014 Mount Everest avalanche e.g avalanche on Mount Everest.

World History for the Month of April