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.
1775 – The British begin their advance by sea. Paul Revere makes his famous midnight ride to warn the countryside of the coming invasion.
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.
1923 – Yankee Stadium, a/k/a “The House that Ruth Built,” opens in New York City.
1942 – Lt. Colonel James “Jimmy” Doolittle leads America’s first air attack on the Japanese home island of Honshu in retaliation for Pearl Harbor.
1946 – The International Court of Justice holds its first meet in The Hague, The Netherlands.
1963 - Conan O’Brien is born.
1980 – Rhodesia becomes Zimbabwe, with Canaan Banana its first president.
1983 – A suicide bomber drives an explosives-laden truck into the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 63 U.S. Marines.
2012 – Dick Clark, “America’s Oldest Teenager,” dies at age 83.
Have a great weekend!