April 18 Events
796 - King Æthelred I of Northumbria is murdered in Corbridge by a group led by his ealdormen, Ealdred and Wada. The patrician Osbald is crowned, but abdicates within 27 days. 1506 - The cornerstone of the current St. Peter's Basilica is laid. 1518 - Bona Sforza is crowned as queen consort of Poland. 1521 - Trial of Martin Luther begins its second day during the assembly of the Diet of Worms. He refuses to recant his teachings despite the risk of excommunication. 1689 - Bostonians rise up in rebellion against Sir Edmund Andros. 1738 - Real Academia de la Historia is founded in Madrid. 1775 - American Revolution: The British advancement by sea begins; Paul Revere and other riders warn the countryside of the troop movements. 1783 - Three-Fifths Compromise: the first instance of black slaves in the United States of America being counted as three fifths of persons, in a resolution of the Congress of the Confederation. This was later adopted in the 1787 Constitution. 1831 - The University of Alabama is founded in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 1847 - American victory at the battle of Cerro Gordo opens the way for invasion of Mexico. 1857 - "The Spirits Book" by Allan Kardec is published, marking the birth of Spiritualism in France. 1864 - Battle of Dybbøl: A Prussian-Austrian army defeats Denmark and gains control of Schleswig. Denmark surrenders the province in the following peace settlement. 1897 - The Greco-Turkish War is declared between Greece and the Ottoman Empire. 1899 - The St. Andrew's Ambulance Association is granted a royal charter by Queen Victoria. 1902 - The 7.5 Guatemala earthquake shakes Guatemala with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII, killing between 800–2,000. 1906 - An earthquake and fire destroy much of San Francisco, California. 1909 - Joan of Arc is beatified in Rome. 1912 - The Cunard liner brings 705 survivors from the to New York City. 1915 - French pilot Roland Garros is shot down and glides to a landing on the German side of the lines during World War I. 1923 - Yankee Stadium: "The House that Ruth Built" opens. 1925 - The International Amateur Radio Union is formed in Paris. 1930 - The British Broadcasting Corporation announced that "there is no news" in their evening report. 1939 - Robert Menzies, who became Australia's longest-serving prime minister, is elected as leader of the United Australia Party after the death of Prime Minister Joseph Lyons. 1942 - World War II: The Doolittle Raid on Japan: Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe and Nagoya are bombed. 1942 - Pierre Laval becomes Prime Minister of Vichy France. 1943 - World War II: Operation Vengeance, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is killed when his aircraft is shot down by U.S. fighters over Bougainville Island. 1945 - Over 1,000 bombers attack the small island of Heligoland, Germany. 1946 - The International Court of Justice holds its inaugural meeting in The Hague, Netherlands. 1949 - The Republic of Ireland Act comes into effect. 1949 - The keel for the aircraft carrier is laid down at Newport News Drydock and Shipbuilding. However, construction is canceled five days later, resulting in the Revolt of the Admirals. 1954 - Gamal Abdel Nasser seizes power in Egypt. 1955 - Twenty-nine nations meet at Bandung, Indonesia, for the first Asian-African Conference. 1980 - The Republic of Zimbabwe comes into being, with Canaan Banana as the country's first President. The Zimbabwean dollar replaces the Rhodesian dollar as the official currency. 1983 - A suicide bomber in Lebanon destroys the United States embassy in Beirut, killing 63 people. 1987 - The New York Islanders defeat the Washington Capitals 3–2 in Game 7 of their Patrick Division Semifinal series. 1988 - The United States launches Operation Praying Mantis against Iranian naval forces in the largest naval battle since World War II. 1996 - In Lebanon, at least 106 civilians are killed when the Israel Defense Forces shell the United Nations compound at Qana where more than 800 civilians had taken refuge. 1997 - The Red River flood begins and soon overwhelms the city of Grand Forks, North Dakota. Fire breaks out and spreads in downtown Grand Forks, but high water levels hamper efforts to reach the fire, leading to the destruction of 11 buildings. 1999 - Wayne Gretzky, the National Hockey League's all-time points scorer, plays his final game at Madison Square Garden as a teammate of the New York Rangers in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Gretzky recorded his final career point, an assist, bringing his career point total to 2,857. 2007 - A series of bombings, two of them being suicides, occur in Baghdad, killing 198 and injuring 251. 2013 - A suicide bombing in a Baghdad cafe kills 27 people and injures another 65. 2018 - King Mswati III of Swaziland announces that his country's name will change to Eswatini. 2019 - A redacted version of the Mueller Report is released to the United States Congress and the public. 2020 - Coronavirus Pandemic: Europe surpasses 100,000 COVID-19 deaths. Births 359 - Gratian, Roman emperor 588 - K'an II, Mayan ruler 812 - Al-Wathiq, Abbasid caliph 1446 - Ippolita Maria Sforza, Italian noble 1480 - Lucrezia Borgia, daughter of Pope Alexander VI 1503 - Henry II of Navarre, 1534 - William Harrison, English clergyman 1580 - Thomas Middleton, English Jacobean playwright and poet 1590 - Ahmed I, Ottoman Emperor 1605 - Giacomo Carissimi, Italian priest and composer 1666 - Jean-Féry Rebel, French violinist and composer 1740 - Sir Francis Baring, 1st Baronet, English banker and politician 1759 - Jacques Widerkehr, French cellist and composer 1771 - Karl Philipp, Prince of Schwarzenberg 1772 - David Ricardo, British economist and politician 1794 - William Debenham, English founder of Debenhams 1797 - Adolphe Thiers, French historian and politician, 2nd President of France 1813 - James McCune Smith, African-American physician, apothecary, abolitionist, and author 1819 - Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, Cuban lawyer and activist 1819 - Franz von Suppé, Austrian composer and conductor 1838 - Paul-Émile Lecoq de Boisbaudran, French chemist and academic 1854 - Ludwig Levy, German architect 1857 - Clarence Darrow, American lawyer 1858 - Dhondo Keshav Karve, Indian educator and activist, Bharat Ratna Awardee 1858 - Alexander Shirvanzade, Armenian playwright and author 1863 - Count Leopold Berchtold, Austrian-Hungarian politician and diplomat, Joint Foreign Minister of Austria-Hungary 1863 - Linton Hope, English sailor and architect 1864 - Richard Harding Davis, American journalist and author 1874 - Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić, Croatian author and poet 1877 - Vicente Sotto, Filipino lawyer and politician 1879 - Korneli Kekelidze, Georgian philologist and scholar 1880 - Sam Crawford, American baseball player, coach, and umpire 1882 - Isaac Babalola Akinyele, Nigerian ruler 1882 - Leopold Stokowski, English conductor 1884 - Jaan Anvelt, Estonian educator and politician 1888 - Duffy Lewis, American baseball player, coach, and manager 1889 - Jessie Street, Australian activist 1892 - Eugene Houdry, French-American mechanical engineer and inventor 1893 - Violette Morris, French shot putter and discus thrower 1897 - Ardito Desio, Italian geologist and cartographer 1897 - Per-Erik Hedlund, Swedish skier 1898 - Patrick Hennessy, Irish soldier and businessman 1900 - Bertha Isaacs, Bahamian teacher, tennis player, politician and women's rights activist 1901 - Al Lewis, American songwriter 1901 - László Németh, Hungarian dentist, author, and playwright 1902 - Waldemar Hammenhög, Swedish author 1902 - Giuseppe Pella, Italian politician, 32nd Prime Minister of Italy 1904 - Pigmeat Markham, African-American comedian, singer, and dancer 1905 - Sydney Halter, Canadian lawyer and businessman 1905 - George H. Hitchings, American physician and pharmacologist, Nobel Prize laureate 1907 - Miklós Rózsa, Hungarian-American composer and conductor 1911 - Ilario Bandini, Italian businessman and racing driver 1911 - Maurice Goldhaber, Ukrainian Jewish-American physicist and academic 1914 - Claire Martin, Canadian author 1915 - Joy Davidman, Polish-Ukrainian Jewish American poet and author 1916 - Carl Burgos, American illustrator 1916 - Doug Peden, Canadian basketball player 1917 - Ty LaForest, Canadian-American baseball player 1918 - Gabriel Axel, Danish-French actor, director, and producer 1918 - André Bazin, French critic and theorist 1918 - Shinobu Hashimoto, Japanese director, producer, and screenwriter 1918 - Clifton Hillegass, American publisher, founded CliffsNotes 1918 - Tony Mottola, American guitarist and composer 1919 - Virginia O'Brien, American actress and singer 1919 - Esther Afua Ocloo, Ghanaian entrepreneur and pioneer of microlending 1920 - John F. Wiley, American football player and coach 1921 - Jean Richard, French actor and singer 1922 - Barbara Hale, American actress 1922 - Lord Kitchener, Trinidadian singer 1923 - Alfred Bieler, Swiss ice hockey player 1923 - Beryl Platt, Baroness Platt of Writtle, English engineer and politician 1924 - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, American singer-songwriter and guitarist 1924 - Henry Hyde, American commander, lawyer, and politician 1924 - Roy Mason, English miner and politician, Secretary of State for Defence 1925 - Marcus Schmuck, Austrian mountaineer and author 1926 - Doug Insole, English cricketer 1927 - Samuel P. Huntington, American political scientist, author, and academic 1927 - Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Polish journalist and politician, Prime Minister of Poland 1927 - Charles Pasqua, French businessman and politician, French Minister of the Interior 1928 - Karl Josef Becker, German cardinal and theologian 1928 - Otto Piene, German sculptor and academic 1929 - Peter Hordern, English soldier and politician 1930 - Clive Revill, New Zealand actor and singer 1931 - Bill Miles, American director and producer 1934 - James Drury, American actor 1934 - George Shirley, African-American tenor and educator 1935 - Brian Clay, Australian rugby league player 1935 - Costas Ferris, Egyptian-Greek actor, director, producer, and screenwriter 1936 - Roger Graef, American-English criminologist, director, and producer 1936 - Vladimir Hütt, Estonian physicist and philosopher 1936 - "TV" Tommy Ivo, American actor and drag racer 1937 - Jan Kaplický, Czech architect, designed the Selfridges Building 1937 - Tatyana Shchelkanova, Russian long jumper and heptathlete 1937 - Teddy Taylor, Scottish journalist and politician, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland 1939 - Glen Hardin, American pianist and arranger 1939 - Thomas J. Moyer, American lawyer and judge 1940 - Joseph L. Goldstein, American biochemist and geneticist, Nobel Prize laureate 1940 - Mike Vickers, English guitarist, saxophonist, and songwriter 1941 - Michael D. Higgins, Irish sociologist and politician, 9th President of Ireland 1942 - Michael Beloff, English lawyer and academic 1942 - Steve Blass, American baseball player and sportscaster 1942 - Robert Christgau, American journalist and critic 1942 - Jochen Rindt, German-Austrian racing driver 1944 - Kathy Acker, American author and poet 1944 - Frances D'Souza, Baroness D'Souza, English academic and politician 1944 - Robert Hanssen, American FBI agent and double agent 1944 - Philip Jackson, Scottish sculptor and photographer 1945 - Bernard Arcand, Canadian anthropologist and author 1945 - Richard Bausch, American novelist and short story writer 1945 - Robert Bausch, American novelist and short story writer 1946 - Hayley Mills, English actress 1946 - Tommy Shannon, American bass guitarist 1947 - Moses Blah, Liberian general and politician, 23rd President of Liberia 1947 - Dorothy Lyman, American actress 1947 - Cindy Pickett, American actress 1947 - Jerzy Stuhr, Polish actor, director, and screenwriter 1947 - James Woods, American actor and producer 1948 - Régis Wargnier, French director, producer, and screenwriter 1949 - Geoff Bodine, American race car driver 1950 - Paul Callery, Australian footballer 1950 - Tina Chow, American model and jewelry designer 1950 - Kenny Ortega, American director, producer, and choreographer 1950 - Grigory Sokolov, Russian pianist and composer 1951 - Ricardo Fortaleza, Australian-Filipino boxer and coach 1951 - Pierre Pettigrew, Canadian businessman and politician, 5th Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs 1953 - Rick Moranis, Canadian-American actor, comedian, singer and screenwriter 1954 - Robert Greenberg, American pianist and composer 1956 - Chris Jones, English footballer 1956 - Eric Roberts, American actor 1957 - Ian Campbell, Australian jumper 1958 - Gabi Delgado-López, Spanish-German singer, co-founder of D.A.F. 1958 - Malcolm Marshall, Barbadian cricketer and coach 1959 - Susan Faludi, American journalist and author 1959 - Frank Mulholland, Lord Mulholland, Scottish judge, former Solicitor General for Scotland and Lord Advocate 1960 - John Chiedozie, Nigerian international footballer 1960 - Yelena Zhupiyeva-Vyazova, Ukrainian runner 1961 - Kelly Hansen, American singer-songwriter 1961 - Jane Leeves, English actress and dancer 1961 - John Podhoretz, American journalist and author 1962 - Jeff Dunham, American comedian and ventriloquist 1962 - Nick Farr-Jones, Australian rugby player and sportscaster 1963 - Eric McCormack, Canadian-American actor and producer 1963 - Conan O'Brien, American actor, producer, screenwriter, and talk show host 1963 - Phil Simmons, Trinidadian cricketer 1963 - Peter Van Loan, Canadian lawyer and politician, 16th Canadian Minister of International Trade 1964 - Niall Ferguson, Scottish historian and academic 1964 - Rithy Panh, Cambodian director and screenwriter 1966 - Valeri Kamensky, Russian ice hockey player 1967 - Maria Bello, American actress and writer 1969 - Keith DeCandido, American author 1969 - Stefan Schwarz, Swedish footballer and manager 1969 - Robert Změlík, Czech decathlete 1970 - Rico Brogna, American baseball player and coach 1970 - Greg Eklund, American drummer and guitarist 1970 - Saad Hariri, Saudi Arabian-Lebanese businessman and politician, 33rd Prime Minister of Lebanon 1970 - François Leroux, Canadian ice hockey player and radio host 1970 - Tatiana Stefanidou, Greek journalist and talk show host 1971 - Oleg Petrov, Russian ice hockey player 1971 - Graham Rowntree, English rugby player 1971 - David Tennant, Scottish actor 1972 - Rosa Clemente, American journalist and activist 1972 - Eli Roth, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter 1972 - Michael Rutter, English motorcycle racer 1973 - Derrick Brooks, American football player 1973 - Brady Clark, American baseball player 1973 - Haile Gebrselassie, Ethiopian runner 1974 - Millie Corretjer, Puerto Rican-American actress and singer 1974 - Mark Tremonti, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer 1976 - Gavin Creel, American actor and singer 1976 - Melissa Joan Hart, American actress, director, and producer 1976 - Andrew Ilie, Romanian-Australian tennis player 1976 - Justin Ross, American politician 1976 - Staffan Strand, Swedish high jumper 1977 - Dan LaCouture, American ice hockey player 1977 - Cindy Taylor, Paraguayan model and actress 1979 - Michael Bradley, American basketball player and coach 1979 - Ethan Cohn, American actor 1979 - Matt Cooper, Australian rugby league player 1979 - Anthony Davidson, English racing driver 1979 - Kourtney Kardashian, American model and businesswoman 1980 - Rabiu Afolabi, Nigerian footballer and manager 1980 - Justin Levens, American mixed martial artist 1981 - Brian Buscher, American baseball player 1981 - Milan Jovanović, Serbian footballer 1981 - Aldo Ramírez, Colombian footballer 1981 - Audrey Tang, Taiwanese computer scientist and academic 1982 - Ibrahim al-Asiri, Saudi Arabian terrorist 1982 - Greg Camarillo, American football player 1982 - Ricardo Colclough, Canadian-American football player 1982 - Simone Farina, Italian footballer 1982 - Scott Hartnell, Canadian ice hockey player 1982 - Blair Late, American singer-songwriter and journalist 1982 - Darren Sutherland, Irish boxer 1982 - Marie-Élaine Thibert, Canadian singer 1983 - Miguel Cabrera, Venezuelan baseball player 1983 - Reeve Carney, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor 1984 - Red Bryant, American football player 1984 - America Ferrera, American actress and producer 1985 - Łukasz Fabiański, Polish footballer 1986 - Billy Butler, American baseball player 1986 - Maurice Edu, American soccer player 1986 - Taylor Griffin, American basketball player 1986 - Conrad Logan, Irish footballer 1986 - Efraín Velarde, Mexican footballer 1987 - Brett Deledio, Australian footballer 1987 - Danny Guthrie, English footballer 1987 - Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, English model and actress 1987 - Samantha Jade, Australian singer-songwriter and actress 1987 - Ivan Tričkovski, Macedonian footballer 1988 - Andre Frolov, Estonian footballer 1988 - Alexander Hauck, South African-German rugby player 1989 - Jessica Jung, Korean American singer, songwriter, actress, and fashion designer 1990 - Henderson Álvarez, Venezuelan baseball player 1990 - Anna van der Breggen, Dutch cyclist 1990 - Jake Howells, English footballer 1990 - Wojciech Szczęsny, Polish footballer 1990 - Junior Torunarigha, Nigerian footballer 1993 - Matt Salisbury, English cricketer 1993 - Nathan Sykes, English singer-songwriter 1995 - Divock Origi, Belgian footballer 1996 - Mariah Bell, American figure skater 1996 - Ioana Ducu, Romanian tennis player 1997 - Matthias Blübaum, German chess grandmaster 1997 - Donny van de Beek, Dutch footballer Deaths 727 - Agallianos Kontoskeles, Byzantine commander and rebel leader 850 - Perfectus, Spanish monk and martyr 909 - Dionysius II, Syriac Orthodox patriarch of Antioch 943 - Fujiwara no Atsutada, Japanese nobleman and poet 963 - Stephen Lekapenos, co-emperor of the Byzantine Empire 1161 - Theobald of Bec, French-English archbishop 1176 - Galdino della Sala, Italian archdeacon and saint 1552 - John Leland, English poet and historian 1555 - Polydore Vergil, English historian 1556 - Luigi Alamanni, Italian poet and politician 1567 - Wilhelm von Grumbach, German adventurer 1587 - John Foxe, English historian and author 1636 - Julius Caesar, English judge and politician 1650 - Simonds d'Ewes, English lawyer and politician 1674 - John Graunt, English demographer and statistician 1689 - George Jeffreys, 1st Baron Jeffreys, Welsh judge and politician, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain 1732 - Louis Feuillée, French astronomer, geographer, and botanist 1742 - Arvid Horn, Swedish general and politician 1763 - Marie-Josephte Corriveau, Canadian murderer 1794 - Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden, English lawyer, judge, and politician, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain 1796 - Johan Wilcke, Swedish physicist and academic 1802 - Erasmus Darwin, English physician and botanist 1832 - Jeanne-Elisabeth Chaudet, French painter 1859 - Tatya Tope, Indian general 1864 - Juris Alunāns, Latvian philologist and linguist 1873 - Justus von Liebig, German chemist and academic 1898 - Gustave Moreau, French painter and academic 1906 - Luis Martín, Spanish religious leader, 24th Superior-General of the Society of Jesus 1912 - Martha Ripley, American physician 1917 - Vladimir Serbsky, Russian psychiatrist and academic 1923 - Savina Petrilli, Italian religious leader 1936 - Milton Brown, American singer and bandleader 1936 - Ottorino Respighi, Italian composer and conductor 1938 - George Bryant, American archer 1942 - Aleksander Mitt, Estonian speed skater 1942 - Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, American heiress, sculptor and art collector, founded the Whitney Museum of American Art 1943 - Isoroku Yamamoto, Japanese admiral 1945 - John Ambrose Fleming, English physicist and engineer, invented the vacuum tube 1945 - Ernie Pyle, American journalist and soldier 1947 - Jozef Tiso, Slovak priest and politician, President of Slovakia 1951 - Óscar Carmona, Portuguese field marshal and politician, 11th President of Portugal 1955 - Albert Einstein, German-American physicist, engineer, and academic 1958 - Maurice Gamelin, Belgian-French general 1959 - Irving Cummings, American actor, director, and producer 1959 - Percy Smith, English footballer and manager 1963 - Meyer Jacobstein, American academic and politician 1964 - Ben Hecht, American director, producer, and screenwriter 1965 - Guillermo González Camarena, Mexican engineer 1967 - Karl Miller, German footballer 1974 - Marcel Pagnol, French author, playwright, and director 1986 - Marcel Dassault, French businessman, founded Dassault Aviation 1988 - Pierre Desproges, French journalist and actor 1988 - Oktay Rıfat Horozcu, Turkish poet and playwright 1995 - Arturo Frondizi, Argentinian lawyer and politician, 32nd President of Argentina 1996 - Brook Berringer, American football player 1996 - Bernard Edwards, American bass player and producer 1997 - Edward Barker, English cartoonist 1998 - Terry Sanford, American lieutenant and politician, 65th Governor of North Carolina 2002 - Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian ethnographer and explorer 2002 - Wahoo McDaniel, American football player and wrestler 2003 - Edgar F. Codd, English-American soldier, pilot, and computer scientist 2004 - Kamisese Mara, Fijian politician, 2nd President of Fiji 2005 - Sam Mills, American football player and coach 2006 - Mercedes Palomino, Spanish-born Quebec actor and theatre director 2007 - Iccho Itoh, Japanese politician 2008 - Germaine Tillion, French ethnologist and anthropologist 2012 - Dick Clark, American television host and producer, founded Dick Clark Productions 2012 - René Lépine, Canadian businessman and philanthropist 2012 - K. D. Wentworth, American author 2013 - Cordell Mosson, American bass player 2013 - Steuart Pringle, English general 2013 - Goran Švob, Croatian philosopher and author 2013 - Anne Williams, English activist 2014 - Guru Dhanapal, Indian director and producer 2014 - Sanford Jay Frank, American screenwriter and producer 2014 - Eduard Kosolapov, Russian footballer 2014 - David McClarty, Northern Irish politician 2014 - Brian Priestman, English conductor and academic 2014 - Dylan Tombides, Australian footballer 2015 - Roger Lobo, Macanese-Hong Kong businessman and politician 2015 - Erwin Waldner, German footballer 2016 - Aleah Stanbridge, Swedish singer 2017 - Vic Albury, Major League pitcher 2018 - Bruno Sammartino, Italian professional wrestler 2018 - Dale Winton, British television presenter 2019 - Lorraine Warren, American paranormal investigator. Holidays and observances Christian feast day: *Apollonius the Apologist *Corebus *Cyril VI of Constantinople *Eleutherius and Antia *Galdino della Sala *Molaise of Leighlin *Perfectus *Plato of Sakkoudion *April 18 Army Day Coma Patients' Day Friend's Day Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Zimbabwe from the United Kingdom in 1980. International Day For Monuments and Sites Invention Day Victory over the Teutonic Knights in the Battle of the Ice
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