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:
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"
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)
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
1994 - Roseanne Barr Arnold files for divorce from Tom Arnold
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)
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