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April 18 – Today In History

We take a look at some of the events that occurred on April 18th.

Today In …

1506 - The first stone was laid for the construction of St. Peter’s Basilica.

1775 - “The British are coming!” was the cry made on this day when Paul Revere made his infamous ride along with William Dawes.

1906 - The Great San Francisco earthquake happened today.

1942 - In World War II, the Doolittle air raid on Tokyo, Japan occurred.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Maria Bello who starred in “The Cooler”, “Coyote Ugly” and “A History of Violence” was born in 1967.

Geoff Bodine famed race car driver was born in 1949.

Avery Brooks who starred on TV’s “Spenser: For Hire” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” was born in 1949.

Clarence Darrow the famed attorney was born in 1857.

America Ferrera from TV’s “Ugly Betty” and the movie “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” was born in 1984.

Melissa Joan Hart from TV’s “Sabrina The Teenage Witch” was born in 1976.

David Hewlett from TV’s “Stargate: Atlantis” was born in 1968.

Jane Leeves who played Daphne on TV’s “Frasier” was born in 1961.

Dorothy Lyman who starred on TV’s “All My Children” and “Mama’s Family” was born in 1947.

Eric McCormack who starred on TV’s “Will & Grace” was born in 1963.

Hayley Mills star of the original “Parent Trap” was born in 1946.

Rick Moranis star of “Spaceballs” and “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” was born in 1954.

Conan O’Brien the late night TV host was born in 1963.

Eric Roberts who appeared in “Less Than Perfect” was born in 1956.

Eli Roth the actor/producer/director of such films as “Hostel” was born in 1972.

Melody Thomas Scott best known as Nikki on daytime TV’s “The Young and the Restless” was born in 1956.

James Woods star of “Ghosts of the Mississippi”, “Vampires” and TV’s “Shark” was born in 1947.

We Said Goodbye To…

Albert Einstein the renowned physicist passed away in 1955 at the age of 76.

Wahoo McDaniel legendary football player and wrestler passed away in 2002 at the age of 63.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1970 - On The Country Charts – “Is Anybody Going To San Antone” by Charley Pride
1981 - On The Country Charts – “Old Flame” by Alabama
1987 - “I Knew You Were Waiting For Me” by Aretha Franklin and George Michael
1992 - On The Country Charts – “There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong With The Radio” by Aaron Tippin

Memorable Sports Moments In…

1923 - Yankee Stadium opened!

Famous Marriages

1956 - Prince Rainier of Monaco and Grace Kelly were married.

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