April 18 Events in History - April 18 Birthdays - April 18 Deaths
2015 An outbreak of an unknown disease in Nigeria has so far resulted in 17 deaths, each occurring within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms; while tests show that the disease is not viral, the cause has not yet been identified
2014 Michaels Stores, Inc. states that data for 2.6 million payment cards at its Michaels stores and 400,000 cards at its Aaron Brothers stores may have been compromised in a security breach; the breaches occurred between May 8, 2013 and February 27, 2014
2014 A 7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes Mexico about 80 miles to the northwest of Acapulco; only minor damage has been reported to date
2013 Viacom loses its billion-dollar copyright infringement suit against YouTube
2013 Kepler-62e and Kepler-62f, two planets resembling planet Earth are discovered revolving around the star Kepler-62 in the habitable zone, an area around the stars whose atmospheric pressure can suport liquid water at the surface
2012 The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission together complete rules to limit which firms are required to register with either or both agencies as 'swap dealers'
2012 Naples' Casoria Contemporary Art Museum begins burning its artworks to protest government budget cuts affecting cultural institutions
2011 Dubai, United Arab Emirates, begins an anti-piracy conference
2011 A landslide in Indonesia's East Java province kills 100 people
2010 President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calls for 'alien troops' to leave and suggests that the regional nations be allowed to settle things themselves
1996 "Funny Thing Happened," opens at St. James Theater New York City for 715 performances
1995 Houston Post folds after 116 years
1995 Quarterback Joe Montana announces his retirement from football
1994 "Beauty and the Beast" opens at Palace Theater New York City
1994 23rd Boston Women's Marathon won by Uta Pippig of Germany in 2:21:45
1994 98th Boston Marathon won by Cosmas Ndeti of Kenya in 2:07:15
1994 Arsenio Hall announces he will end his show in May 1994
1994 Brian Lara scores 375 for WI vs England to beat Sobers' record
1994 Cricketer Brian Lara hits 375 runs on 1 day (world record)
1994 Former President Nixon suffered a stroke and dies 4 days later
1994 Lebanon drops relations with Iran
1994 Roseanne Barr Arnold files for divorce from Tom Arnold
1994 STS-59 (Endeavour) lands
1993 "Ain't Broadway Grand" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater New York City for 25 performances
1993 54th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Tom Wargo
1993 Beirut-hostage Terry Anderson marries Madeleine Bassil
1993 David Lee Roth arrested in New York City for purchasing marijuana for
1993 Trish Johnson wins LPGA Atlanta Women's Golf Championship
1992 Start of South Africa's 1st Test Cricket since 1970 (v WI Bridgetown)
1992 Tennis ace Stefan Edberg marries Annette Olsen in Sweden
1991 Census Bureau said it failed to count up to 63 million in 1990 census
1991 Congress ends railroad worker 1 day strike
1991 John Stockton breaks his own NBA season assist record at 1,136
1990 Bankruptcy court forces Frank Lorenzo to give up Eastern Airlines
1990 Birmingham Fire issued an original franchise in WLAF
1989 Zimbabwe gains independence
1988 17th Boston Women's Marathon won by Rosa Mota of Portugal in 2:24:30
1988 92nd Boston Marathon won by Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya in 2:08:43
1988 Barbra Streisand records "Warm All Over"
1987 An unconscious skydiver is rescued by another diver in mid-air
1987 Bob Land wins his 6th straight Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race
1987 Mike Schmidt hits 500th home run vs Robinson-Pirates
1987 Pat Knauff, France sets 1-leg downhill ski speed record (115.012 mph)
1987 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Maralinga Australia
1986 Robert M. Gates, becomes deputy director of CIA
1986 Titan rocket explodes seconds after liftoff from Vandenberg AFB
1985 Flyers 3-Isles 0-Patrick Div Finals-Flyers hold 1-0 lead
1984 Challenger flies back to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB
1984 Joan Benoit runs world record female marathon (2:22:43)
1983 12th Boston Women's Marathon won by Joan Benoit Samuelson in 2:22:43
1983 87th Boston Marathon won by Greg Meyer of Mass in 2:09:00
1983 Suicide bomber kills 63, at U.S. Embassy in Lebanon
1983 Alice Walker wins Pulitzer Prize for "The Color Purple"
1983 KMO-AM in Tacoma Washington changes call letters to KAMT (now KKMO)
1983 Pulitzer prize awarded to Alice Walker for "Color Purple"
1983 Rangers 3-Isles 1-Patrick Div Finals-Series tied at 2-2
1982 Atlanta Braves win record 11th straight opening game (beat Astros)
1982 Canada Constitution Act replaces British North America Act
1982 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA CPC Women's Golf International
1982 Zimbabwe capital Salisbury renamed Harare
1981 Pawtucket and Rochester start a 33-inning baseball game
1980 Zimbabwe (formerly Southern Rhodesia) declares independence from UK
1979 "Real People" premieres on NBC TV
1979 Major Haddad declares South-Lebanon independent
1978 Senate votes to turn Panama Canal over to Panama on Dec 31, 1999
1977 "Side by Side by Sondheim" opens at Music Box New York City for 390 performances
1977 6th Boston Women's Marathon won by Miki Gorman of California in 2:48:33
1977 81st Boston Marathon won by Jerome Drayton of Canada in 2:14:46
1977 Alex Haley, author of "Roots," awarded Pulitzer Prize
1977 Eddie Murray hits his 1st home run
1977 Pulitzer prize awarded to Michael Cristofer for "Shadow Box"
1977 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Side by Side" premieres in New York City
1976 30th Tony Awards: Travesties and Chorus Line win
1976 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Karsten- Ping Golf Open
1975 John Lennon releases "Stand by Me"
1974 Red Brigade kidnaps Italian attorney general Mario Sossi
1972 "Lost in the Stars" opens at Imperial Theater New York City for 39 performances
1971 Gavaskar makes 220 in 2nd inning vs. WI after 124 in 1st
1971 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Raleigh Golf Classic
1969 Melina Mercouri establishes Greek Aid Fund
1968 178,000 employees of U.S. Bell Telephone System go on strike
1968 1st ABA basketball championship began
1968 Dutch Department of Amnesty International forms
1968 London Bridge is sold to U.S. oil company to be erected in Arizona
1968 Mart Crowley's "Boys in the Band," premieres in New York City
1968 Peter Luke's "Hadrian VII," premieres in London
1968 San Francisco's Old Hall of Justice demolished
1968 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1966 Bill Russell became 1st black coach in NBA history (Boston Celtics)
1964 "Cafe Crown" closes at Martin Beck Theater New York City after 3 performances
1964 "Foxy" closes at Ziegfeld Theater New York City after 72 performances
1964 Artisans strike in Belgium ends
1964 Sandy Koufax is 1st to strike out the side on 9 pitches
1964 Van Joe Orton's "Entertaining Mr. Sloane"
1963 "Sophie" opens at Winter Garden Theater New York City for 8 performances
1963 Dr. James Campbell performed the 1st human nerve transplant
1963 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1
1962 16th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 3
1959 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1
1958 Government troops reconquer Padang, Middle-Sumatra Indonesia
1958 NL single-game record of 78,682, Giants lose to Dogers 6-5, in Los Angeles
1956 Egypt and Israel agree to a cease fire
1956 Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier III of Monaco (civil ceremony)
1955 "Ankles Aweigh" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City for 176 performances
1955 1st "Walk"/"Don't Walk" lighted street signals installed
1955 1st Bandoeng Conference - Afro-Asian conference opens
1954 Colonel Nasser seizes power and becomes Prime Minister of Egypt
1954 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Babe Didrikson Zaharias Golf Open
1953 "Pal Joey" closes at Broadhurst Theater New York City after 542 performances
1951 "Make a Wish" opens at Winter Garden Theater New York City for 102 performances
1951 Dutch Antilles government of Da Costa Gomez forms
1951 France, West Germany and Benelux form European Steel and Coal Community
1951 New York Yankee Mickey Mantle goes 1-for-4 in his 1st game
1950 1st opening night-game, Cards beat Pirates, 4-2
1950 1st transatlantic jet passenger trip
1950 Polish Catholic church and government sign accord over relations
1950 Sam Jethroe is 1st black to play for Boston Braves
1950 Yankees win 15-10 after trailing Red Sox 9-0 in 6th
1949 Republic of Ireland withdraws from British Commonwealth
1948 International Court of Justice opens at Hague Netherlands
1946 "Call Me Mister" opens at National Theater New York City for 734 performances
1946 Jackie Robinson debuts as 2nd baseman for the Montreal Royals
1946 League of Nations dissolves, 3 months after United Nations starts
1946 Rome/Auerbach/Horwitt's musical "Call Me Mister," premieres in New York City
1946 U.S. recognizes Tito's Yugoslavia government
1945 1 armed outfielder, St. L Brown Pete Gray, 1st game he goes 1 for 4
1945 Epe freed (by corporal G van Aken)
1945 Clandestine Radio 1212, after broadcasting pro-nazi propoganda for months used their influence to trap 350,000 German army group B troops
1944 48th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:31:50.4
1944 Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins' ballet premieres in New York City
1942 "Stars and Stripes" paper for U.S. Armed Forces starts
1942 James H. Doolittle bombs Tokyo and other Japanese cities
1942 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 3
1939 Franz von Papen becomes German ambassador in Turkey
1939 Hubert Pierlot forms Belgian government
1936 Pan-Am Clipper begins regular passenger flights from San Francisco to Honolulu
1935 General Sarazen's double eagle on 15th, wins him his 2nd Masters
1935 Netherlands election (Musserts NSB wins 8% of vote)
1934 1st "Washateria" (laundromat) opens (Ft. Worth, Texas)
1934 Hitler names J von Ribbentrop, ambassador for disarmament
1929 Palace for People's industry in Amsterdam devastated by fire
1927 Chiang Kai-Shek forms anti-government in China
1926 Rhein Stadium opens in Dusseldorf Germany
1925 World's fair opens in Chicago
1924 1st crossword puzzle book published (Simon and Schuster)
1923 74,000 (62,281 paid) on hand for opening of Yankee Stadium
1923 Poland annexes Central Lithuania
1922 Netherlands soccer team defeats Denmark 2-0
1921 Junior Achievement incorporated in Colorado Springs Colo
1921 Philip James Barry's "Punch for Judy," premieres in New York City
1918 Cleveland center fielder Tris Speaker turns an unassisted double play
1909 Joan of Arc declared a saint
1908 Tommy Burns KOs Jewy Smith in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
1907 Augustus Thomas' "Witching Hour," premieres in New York City
1907 Fairmont Hotel opens
1906 8.25 earthquake shakes San Francisco California
1906 Calvinist Reformed Union in Netherlands Church forms in Utrecht
1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire kills nearly 4,000 and destroys 75% of city
1904 L'Humanite, under Jean Jaures begins publishing
1902 Denmark is 1st country to adopt fingerprinting to identify criminals
1899 John McGraw, at 36, managerial debut as Oriole manager
1890 New York Commission of Emigration ends, closing Castle Clinton
1881 Natural History Museum of South Kensington England opens
1879 Trial of Standing Bear-Crook on indians citizen rights begins
1876 Daniel O'Leary completes a 500 mile walk in 139 hours 32 min
1869 1st international cricket match, held in SF, wins by Californian
1868 San Francisco Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals formed
1865 Confederate General Johnson surrendered to General Sherman in North Carolina
1864 Battle of Poison Springs, AR (Camden Expedition)
1862 Battle of Ft. Jackson, Ft. St. Philip and New Orlean's, Louisiana
1861 Battle of Harpers Ferry, Virginia
1861 Col Robert E. Lee turns down offer to command Union armies
1856 Russian Republic Chancellor Earl von Nesselrode resigns
1853 1st train in Asia (Bombay to Tanna, 36 km)
1838 Wilkes' expedition to South Pole sails
1835 William Lamb Lord Melbourne forms British Government
1834 Charles Darwin sails to Rio Santa Cruz up Patagonia
1809 1st run of 2,000 guineas horse race at Newmarket England
1797 France and Austria signs cease fire
1775 Paul Revere and William Dawes warn "British are coming!"
1775 Paul Revere rides from Charleston to Lexington
1676 Sudbury, Mass attacked by Indians
1666 Peace of Kleef: Netherlands and bishop Von Galen of Munster
1663 Osman declares war on Austria
1599 Valencia arch duke Albrecht of Austrian marries Isabella of Spain
1552 Mauritius of Saksen occupies Linz
1521 Parliament of Worms: Cardinal Alexander questions Maarten Luther
387 Bishop Ambrosius of Milan baptizes Augustinus
310 St. Eusebius begins his reign as Catholic Pope