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This Day In History: 0000-04-18

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: APRIL 18


The midnight ride of Paul Revere

Paul Revere, a renowned silversmith, is better remembered as a folk hero of the American Revolution who this night in 1775 made a dramatic ride on horseback to warn Boston area residents of an imminent British attack.


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American television personality and businessman Dick Clark, who was the longtime host of American Bandstand (1957–87), died in California.


Canadian ice hockey player Wayne Gretzky, considered one of the game’s greatest players, skated in his last NHL game.


 

Zimbabwe achieved its independence from the United Kingdom.


Abandoning her Hollywood career, American actress Grace Kelly wed Rainier III, prince de Monaco, in a civil ceremony; an opulent religious ceremony took place the following day.


During the U.S. invasion of the Japanese island of Okinawa in World War II, American war correspondent Ernie Pyle was killed on nearby Ie Island by Japanese gunfire.


San Francisco was rocked by an earthquake caused by slippage along the San Andreas Fault.


American defense lawyer, public speaker, debater, and writer Clarence Darrow—among whose high-profile court appearances was the Scopes Trial, in which he defended a Tennessee high-school teacher who had broken a state law by presenting the Darwinian theory of evolution—was born.


Pope Julius II laid the first stone of the new St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.Take a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica


BIOGRAPHY


Albert Einstein
GERMAN-AMERICAN PHYSICIST
BORN:
March 14, 1879
Ulm, Germany
DIED:
April 18, 1955 (aged 76)
Princeton, New Jersey
(Anniversary tomorrow)


BORN ON THIS DAY


1963
Conan O’Brien
AMERICAN TALK-SHOW HOST


1944
Robert Hanssen
AMERICAN LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENT AND SPY


1927
Samuel P. Huntington
AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENTIST


1772
David Ricardo
BRITISH ECONOMIST