April 18


1775 – American revolutionaries Paul Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott rode though the towns of Massachusetts giving the warning that the Regulars were coming out. The phrase “the British are coming” was attributed to Revere even though he probably never used that wording.

1838 – The Wilkes’ expedition to the South Pole set sail.

1846 – The telegraph ticker was patented by R.E. House

1877 – Charles Cros wrote a paper that described the process of recording and reproducing sound. In France, Cros is regarded as the inventor of the phonograph. In the U.S., Thomas Edison gets the credit.

1895 – New York State passed an act that established free public baths.

1906 – The Great San Francisco, CA, earthquake hit. The original death toll was cited at about 700. Later information indicated that the death toll may have been 3 to 4 times the original estimate.

1910 – Walter R. Brookins made the first airplane flight at night.

1923 – Yankee Stadium opened in the Bronx, NY. The Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1. John Phillip Sousa’s band played the National Anthem.

1924 – Simon and Schuster, Inc. published the first “Crossword Puzzle Book.”

1934 – The first Laundromat opened in Fort Worth, TX.

1938 – Superman made his debut when he appeared in the first issue of Action Comics. (Cover date June 1938)

1938 – President Franklin Roosevelt threw out the first ball preceding the season opener between the Washington Senators and the Philadelphia Athletics.

1950 – The first transatlantic jet passenger trip was completed.

1960 – The Mutual Broadcasting System was sold to the 3M Company of Minnesota for $1.25 million.

1978 – The U.S. Senate approved the transfer of the Panama Canal to Panama on December 31, 1999.

1979 – The television show “Real People” premiered.

1983 – The U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, was blown up by a suicide car-bomber. 63 people were killed including 17 Americans.

1984 – Daredevils Mike MacCarthy and Amanda Tucker made a sky dive from the Eiffel Tower. The jump ended safely.

1984 – Michael Jackson underwent surgery in Los Angeles, CA. Doctors performed scalp surgery to repair damage done after Jackson’s hair caught fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial on January 27.

1985 – Ted Turner filed for a hostile takeover of CBS.

1995 – Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49ers retires from football after 17 NFL seasons.

1999 – Wayne Gretzky, of the New York Rangers, played his final game in the NHL. He retired as the NHL’s all-time leading scorer and holder of 61 individual records.

2000 – The Nasdaq had the biggest one-day point gain in its history.

2002 – Actor Robert Blake and his bodyguard were arrested in connection with the shooting death of Blake’s wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, who was shot in the couple’s car outside a Studio City, CA restaurant the previous May.

2003 – Etta James received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2014 – Sixteen people were killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest.



James Drury 1934 – Actor (TV’s “The Virginian”)

Don Ohl 1936 – Basketball player (Detroit Pistons 1960-1964)

Robert Hooks 1937 – Actor (“Star Trek III: The Search for Spock”, “Passenger 57”, “Trouble Man”, TV’s “N.Y.P.D.”)

Mike Vickers 1940 – Musician (Manfred Mann)

Hayley Mills 1946 – Actress (“The Parent Trap”, “That Darn Cat”, “The Trouble With Angels”)

Dorothy Lyman 1947 – Actress (TV’s “All My Children”, “Another World”)

Cindy Pickett 1947 – Actress (TV’s “Guiding Light”, “St. Elsewhere”)

James Woods 1947 – Actor (“The Onion Field”, “Casino”, “Salvador”, “Ghosts of Mississippi”, “Endgame”, “The Virgin Suicides”, “Once Upon a Time in America”, “Vampires”, “Nixon”, “The Getaway”, “Against All Odds”, TV’s “Shark”, “Ray Donovan”)

Geoff Bodine 1949 – Auto racer

Rick Moranis 1953 – Actor (“Parenthood”, “Ghostbuster” series, “Spaceballs”, “Honey I Shrunk” and “Blew Up the
Kids”, “Little Shop of Horrors”, “Streets of Fire”, TV’s “Second City TV”)

John James 1956 – Actor (TV’s “Search for Tomorrow”, “As the World Turns”, “Dynasty”, “The Colbys”)

Eric Roberts 1956 – Actor (“Doctor Who”, “The Coca-Cola Kid”, “Runaway Train”, “The Pope of Greenwich Village”, “The Cable Guy”)

Melody Thomas Scott 1956 – Actess (TV’s “Young and the Restless”)

Kelly Hansen 1961 – Singer (Foreigner)

Jane Leeves 1961 – Actress (TV’s “Frasier”, “Hot in Cleveland”)

Eric McCormack 1963 – Actor, musician (TV’s “Will & Grace”, “Perception”)

Conan O’Brien 1963 – Television personality (“Late Night with Conan O’Brien”, “The Tonight Show”, ‘Late Night”)

Maria Bello 1967 – Actress (“The Grown Ups” movies, “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”, “World Trade Center”, “Thank You for Smoking”, “A History of Violence”, “The Cooler”, “Coyote Ugly”, TV’s “Prime Suspect”, “ER”, “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”)

Greg Eklund 1970 – Musician (Everclear)

David Tennant 1971 – Actor (TV’s “Doctor Who”, “Gracepoint”)

Mark Thomas Tremonti 1974 – Guitarist (Creed)

Melissa Joan Hart 1976 – Actress (TV’s “Sabrina the Teenage Witch”, “Clarissa Explains It All”, “Melissa & Joey”)

Sean Maguire 1976 – Actor (TV’s “Eve”, “The Class”, “Once Upon a Time”)

Reeve Carney 1983 – Actor (TV’s “Penny Dreadful”)

America Ferrera 1984 – Actress (“The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”, “Real Women Have Curves”, “Gotta Kick It Up!”)

Alia Shawkat 1989 – Actress (TV’s “Arrested Development”)

Britt Robertson 1990 – Actress (“Sheena”, “Power Rangers Time Force”)



Amateur Radio Day

Columnists Day

Lineman Appreciation Day

Pet Owners Independence Day

Piñata Day

World Heritage Day


For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, and www.daysoftheyear.com.

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