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4/18/2017 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - April 18
San Francisco, California earthquake and fire photo was taken April 18, 1906 by photographer Arnold Genthe.
(Public Domain Photo)

San Francisco, California earthquake and
fire photo was taken April 18, 1906 by
photographer Arnold Genthe.

(Public Domain Photo)


Reprinted By Permission
From OnThisDay.com


Today in History in 1783 fighting ceased in the American Revolution, eight years to the day since it began; and in 1906 the San Francisco earthquake and fire kills nearly 4,000 while destroying 75% of the city.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1025 - Bolesław Chrobry is crowned in Gniezno, becoming the first King of Poland.
  • 1506 - The cornerstone of the current St. Peter's Basilica is laid.
  • 1775 - Paul Revere & William Dawes ride from Charleston to Lexington warning the "regulars are coming!"
  • 1783 - Fighting ceases in the American Revolution, eight years to the day since it began.
  • 1861 - Colonel Robert E. Lee turns down offer to command Union armies (US Civil War)
  • 1874 - David Livingstone, African explorer, buried in Westminster Abbey
  • 1881 - Billy the Kid escapes from the Lincoln County jail in Mesilla, New Mexico.
  • 1906 - San Francisco earthquake and fire kills nearly 4,000 while destroying 75% of the city
  • 1954 - Colonel Nasser seizes power & becomes PM of Egypt
  • 1958 - A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound is to be released from an insane asylum.
  • 1966 - Bill Russell became 1st black coach in NBA history (Boston Celtics)
  • 1977 - Alex Haley, author of "Roots", awarded Pulitzer Prize
  • 1983 - Pulitzer Prize awarded to Alice Walker for "The Color Purple"


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Famous Birthdays

  • 1480 - Lucretia Borgia, murderess (poison)/daughter (Pope Alexander VI)
  • 1947 - James Woods, Warwick RI, actor (Salvador, Against All Odds)
  • 1953 - Rick Moranis, Toronto Ontario, Canadian actor (SCTV, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Spaceballs)
  • 1963 - Conan Chris O'Brien, Brookline Mass, TV host (Late Night)
  • 1976 - Melissa Joan Hart, Sayville NY, actress (Clarissa, Sabrina)

Famous Weddings

  • 1599 - Valencia arch duke Albrecht of Austrian marries Isabella of Spain
  • 1951 - Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz (28) weds Joyce Halverson
  • 1956 - Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier III of Monaco (civil ceremony)
  • 1973 - American science fiction writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 5th wife Leslie (Tessa) Busby
  • 1992 - Tennis ace Stefan Edberg marries Annette Olsen in Sweden

Famous Divorces

  • 1994 - Roseanne Barr Arnold files for divorce from Tom Arnold

Famous Deaths

  • 1955 - Albert Einstein, Nobel laureate (b. 1879)
  • 1990 - Robert D Webb, director/actor (Love Me Tender, Jackals), dies at 87
  • 1998 - Terry Sanford, American politician (b. 1917)
  • 2002 - Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian explorer (Kon Tiki expedition) (b. 1914)
  • 2012 - Dick Clark, American radio and television personality, dies from a heart attack at 82

To see more events, birthdays and deaths listed at Today in History from HistoryOrb.com Click on EXTRAS at the top of the Lincoln Herald home page then click Today in History.

 

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