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On April 18th, 1775, Paul Revere
began his famous ride from Charlestown to
Lexington, Massachusetts, warning American
colonists that the British were coming.
On this date:
In 1906, a devastating earthquake struck San
Francisco, followed by raging fires. About 700
In 1942, an air
squadron from the USS "Hornet" led by
Lieutenant Colonel James H. Doolittle raided
Tokyo and other Japanese cities.
In 1945, famed
American war correspondent Ernie Pyle, 44, was
killed by Japanese gunfire on the Pacific island
of Ie Shima, off Okinawa.
In 1946, the
League of Nations went out of business.
In 1949, the Irish
republic was proclaimed.
In 1955, physicist
Albert Einstein died in Princeton, New
In 1978, the US
Senate voted 68-to-32 to turn the Panama Canal
over to Panamanian control on December 31st,
In 1980, Zimbabwe
Rhodesia became the independent nation of
In 1983, 62
people, including 17 Americans, were killed at
the US Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, by a suicide
In 1994, former
President Nixon suffered a stroke at his home in
Park Ridge, New Jersey; he died four days later
at a New York hospital.
Ten years ago: The
Soviet Union shut off a pipeline that supplied
the rebellious republic of Lithuania with crude
oil; a day later, the Soviets severely reduced
the flow of natural gas. The Supreme Court ruled
that states may make it a crime to possess or
look at child pornography, even in one's home.
Five years ago:
President Clinton held a prime-time news
conference in which he said he was satisfied that
he remained relevant in a Republican-dominated
capital, and challenged Congress to send him an
acceptable welfare bill by July fourth.
Quarterback Joe Montana retired from professional
football. The Houston Post closed after more than
One year ago: NATO
launched its most active day of airstrikes in its
assault on Yugoslavia, pummeling refineries,
bridges and dozens of other targets in the 25th
straight day of attacks. Wayne Gretzky played his
last National Hockey League game as his New York
Rangers lost to Pittsburgh 2-to-1 in overtime at
Madison Square Garden.
"It's what you learn
after you know it all that counts."
Earl Weaver, baseball manager.