18 April

18 April

April 18 is the 108th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 257 days remain until the end of the year.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about April 18th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about April 18th in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • World Heritage Day
  • Pet Owners Independence Day
  • National Pinata Day
  • National Columnists Day
  • World Amateur Radio Day
  • National Lineman Appreciation Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – April 18

1956: Rainier III marries Grace Kelly

The wedding celebrations for the Prince of Monaco and the glamorous U.S. actress were broadcast around the world and enthused the population of war-torn Europe.

1951: The European Coal and Steel Community, a precursor of the European Union, is established

The Treaty of Paris was signed by France, West Germany, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

1949: Ireland becomes an independent republic

Six counties in the northern part of the island remained in the Commonwealth, leading to a decades-long ethno-nationalist conflict that culminated in The Troubles.

1906: A massive earthquake destroys San Francisco

About 3000 people died in the disaster. Over 80 percent of the city was destroyed by the quake and resulting fires.

1506: Construction of the current St. Peter’s Basilica begins

St. Peter’s in Vatican City is one of the world’s most important Catholic sites.

1939: Children of labour migrants camped near Spiro, Oklahoma, June 1939

Children of labour migrants camped near Spiro, Oklahoma, June 1939

1929: The R-100 departed on its first voyage in 1929.

The R-100 departed on its first voyage in 1929.

1927: Chiang Kai-shek forms anti-government in China in 1927.

1906: San Francisco Earthquake of 1906: Ruins in vicinity of Post and Grant Avenue. Looking northeast. April 1906 (H. D. Chadwick)

San Francisco Earthquake of 1906: Ruins in vicinity of Post and Grant Avenue. Looking northeast. April 1906 (H. D. Chadwick)

1899: St. Andrew’s Ambulance Association is granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria in 1899.

1874: David Livingstone, an African explorer, was buried in Westminster Abbey in 1874.

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, April 18

1973: Haile Gebrselassie, Ethiopian runner

1971: David Tennant, Scottish actor

1964: Niall Ferguson, Scottish historian

1902: Menachem Mendel Schneerson, Russian/French rabbi

1882: Leopold Stokowski, Polish/English conductor

Kourtney Kardashian was born.

Conan O’Brien was born.

Melisa Joan Hart was born.

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, April 18

2012: Dick Clark, American television host, producer, founded Productions

2002: Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian explorer

1964: Ben Hecht, American screenwriter, director, producer

1955: Albert Einstein, German/American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate

1943: Isoroku Yamamoto, Japanese Admiral

Albert Einstein died.

Isoruku Yammotu died.

Erasmus Darwin died.


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