Tuesday, April 18, 2006

April 18

A day preety much like every other day, except that this is my day.

Some other historical things that happened on April 18th through history.

Some Not so good thing:
# 1906 - An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.9, destroys much of San Francisco, California.

# 1983 - A suicide bomber destroys the United States embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 63 people.

# 1988 - U.S. launches Operation Praying Mantis against Iranian naval forces in retaliation for the April 14 mining of the USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) in the Persian Gulf during Operation Earnest Will. The one-day action is the world's largest naval battle since World War II.

Good things:
# 1775 - Two lanterns were hung from the steeple of the Old North Church in Boston, Massachusetts. Paul Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott ride to warn of impending arrests of Samuel Adams and John Hancock and seizure of weapons. Only Prescott finishes the ride.

# 1942 - World War II: The Doolittle Raid on Tokyo occurs.

Some odd things:
1797 - Battle of Neuwied resulted in the victory of French under General Louis Lazare Hoche against Austrians under General Wermecek.

# 1857 - Clarence Darrow, American attorney (d. 1938)

# 1882 - Leopold Stokowski, Polish conductor (d. 1977)

# 1963 - Conan O'Brien, American comedian

# 1945 - Ernie Pyle, American journalist (b. 1900)

# 1947 - Josef Tiso, Slovakian leader (b. 1887)

# 1955 - Albert Einstein, German-born Jewish physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1879)

1 comment:

ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ said...

Congrats. Mine was 19th. The "shot heard round the world" day. 20th was Adolph Hitler's.