The month is

18 2014

April 18 – Today in History!

Historically speaking, April 18 is anything but boring. In fact, it’s virtually a Michael Bay movie. This day marks the anniversaries of some of the most dramatic — if not actually important — events in human history. The day featured earthquakes, celebrity trials, famous births, famous deaths, and some really big explosions. So let’s enjoy a break from our post-April 15th doldrums and as we take a Friday Fun Facts look at Today in History!


1521 – The trial of Martin Luther begins its second day. The Protestant reformer has been hauled before the Diet of Worms to answer for his anti-Papal teachings.

A diet of worms being, coincidentally, what Luther is fed in prison.

1775 – The British begin their advance by sea. Paul Revere makes his famous midnight ride to warn the countryside of the coming invasion.

No, he didn't shout, "The British are coming!" Because in 1775, everyone in the 13 Colonies -- including Paul Revere himself -- was still technically British.

1906 – The Great San Francisco Earthquake, magnitude 7.8, levels the City by the Bay. The resulting fire rages for three days, killing 300 and destroying 80% of the city’s buildings.

Well, that's one way to deal with inflated real estate prices.

1923 – Yankee Stadium, a/k/a “The House that Ruth Built,” opens in New York City.

And, boy, are his arms tired!

1942 – Lt. Colonel James “Jimmy” Doolittle leads America’s first air attack on the Japanese home island of Honshu in retaliation for Pearl Harbor.

The Japanese sneak attack, not the Michael Bay movie.

1946 – The International Court of Justice holds its first meet in The Hague, The Netherlands.

The first question before the court: "If people in The Netherlands speak Dutch, why isn't the country called Dutchland?"

1963 - Conan O’Brien is born.

After just seven months, his mother gives up Conan and adopts Jay Leno.

1980 – Rhodesia becomes Zimbabwe, with Canaan Banana its first president.

And thus Zimbabwe becomes Africa's first Banana Republic.

1983 – A suicide bomber drives an explosives-laden truck into the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 63 U.S. Marines.

To prove the United States cannot be cowed, President Ronald Reagan immediately orders the withdrawal of all U.S. combat troops from Lebanon.

2012 – Dick Clark, “America’s Oldest Teenager,” dies at age 83.

But New Year's Eve still rocks on!

Have a great weekend!