Today in history

310Apr 18St. Eusebius began his reign as Catholic Pope.
1530Apr 18Francois Lambert d’Avignon (~43), French church reformer, died.
1610Apr 18Robert Parsons (63), English Jesuit leader, plotter, died.
1689Apr 18George Jeffreys, 1st Baron Jeffreys of Wem, infamous judge, died.
1791Apr 18National Guardsmen prevented Louis XVI and his family from leaving Paris.
1797Apr 18France and Austria signed a cease fire.
1834Apr 18William Lamb became the prime minister of England.
1847Apr 18U.S. forces defeated the Mexicans at Cerro Gordo in one of the bloodiest battle of the war.
1861Apr 18Battle of Harpers Ferry, VA.
1862Apr 18Battle of Ft Jackson, Ft St. Philip and New Orleans, LA.
1865Apr 18Confederate Gen Joseph Johnston surrendered to Gen W.T. Sherman in North Carolina.
1874Apr 18David Livingstone was buried in Westminster Abbey.
1876Apr 18Daniel O’Leary completed a 500 mile walk in 139 hours, 32 minutes.
1906Apr 18The SF earthquake killed 119 people at Agnews State Hospital in San Jose.
1921Apr 18Junior Achievement, created to encourage business skills in young people, was incorporated.
1934Apr 18The 1st laundromat, called a “Washateria,” opened in Fort Worth, Tx.
1937Apr 18Leon Trotsky called for the overthrow of Soviet leader Josef Stalin.
1944Apr 18The ballet “Fancy Free,” with music by Leonard Bernstein premiered in NYC.
1946Apr 18US recognized Tito’s Yugoslavia govt.
1954Apr 18Colonel Nasser seized power in Egypt.
1961Apr 18Pamella Bordes, British parliament prostitute, was born in New Delhi, India.
1968Apr 18London Bridge was sold to US oil company. It was later erected in Arizona.
1974Apr 18In Genoa, Italy, the Red Brigade kidnapped deputy attorney Mario Sossi. He was held for 35 days.
1978Apr 18The U.S. Senate voted 68-32 to turn the Panama Canal over to Panamanian control on Dec. 31, 1999.
1987Apr 18President Reagan used his weekly radio address to express hope the superpowers could reach an agreement to sharply reduce the threat of intermediate-range nuclear weapons.
1989Apr 18Thousands of Chinese students demanding democracy tried to storm Communist Party headquarters in Beijing.
1990Apr 18The US Supreme Court ruled that states may make it a crime to possess or look at child pornography, even in one’s home.
1991Apr 18President Bush unveiled his “America 2000″ education strategy, which included a voluntary nationwide exam system and aid pegged to academic results.
1993Apr 18The government of Bosnia-Herzegovina agreed to a truce, effectively relinquishing besieged Srebrenica. Meanwhile, Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic threatened to boycott further U.N. peace talks if tougher sanctions against Yugoslavia went into effect.
1995Apr 18The Houston Post closed after 116 years.
1996Apr 18President Clinton addressed the Japanese Parliament, hailing security ties between the two countries as the cornerstone of stability in Asia. Congress passed and sent to President Clinton long-awaited legislation giving federal law officers new powers to use against terrorism.
1998Apr 18It was reported that Richard Mellon Scaife, 4th generation heir to the Mellon banking fortune, had donated million of dollars over more than 30 years to conservative groups and research centers. He had also supported groups critical of Pres. Clinton.
1999Apr 18Wayne Gretzky played his last National Hockey League game as his New York Rangers lost to Pittsburgh 2-1 in overtime at Madison Square Garden.
2000Apr 18In a defeat for the United States, a United Nations commission in Geneva voted 22-to-18 against censuring China’s human rights record.
2001Apr 18US negotiators said China agreed to discuss the return of the US spy plane following a day of unproductive talks. Beijing and Washington staked out opposing positions on who was to blame for the incident.
2002Apr 18The WSJ announced the end of its expert vs. dartboard portfolio following a 14-year contest.
2003Apr 18Scott Peterson was arrested in San Diego for the death of his wife, Laci, who was eight months pregnant when she vanished on Christmas Eve. Genetic testing proved that two bodies found Apr 13-14 near the SF Bay Berkeley Marina were Laci Peterson and her baby.
2003Apr 18North Korea said it was ready to begin reprocessing more than 8,000 spent nuclear fuel rods. US experts said it will give the communist state enough plutonium to make several atomic bombs.
2004Apr 18Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara (83), Fiji’s first prime minister and a key U.S. ally in the South Pacific during the Cold War, died. The paramount chief of the Lau Islands of eastern Fiji, he was revered for holding together bickering tribes as he welded Fiji into a stable, multiracial nation after 96 years of colonial British rule.
2005Apr 18The Boston Marathon was won by Hailu Negusie of Ethiopia,2:11:45; Catherine Ndereba of Kenya became the first woman to win a fourth Boston Marathon with a time of 2:25:13.
2006Apr 18Pres. Bush nominated former Ohio Rep. Rob Portman to head the White House budget office.
2007Apr 18The US Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, upheld the 2003 nationwide ban on a controversial abortion procedure known as dilation and extraction, handing abortion opponents the long-awaited victory they expected from a more conservative bench.
2007Apr 18In Somalia overnight street battles in Mogadishu left at least 11 people dead and dozens others injured.
2008Apr 18Ecuador’s constitutional assembly approved a decree revoking most of the mining concessions in the country, following up on the leftist government’s pledge to take greater control over natural resources.
2009Apr 18The Obama administration said it will boycott the April 20-25 UN conference on racism due to objectionable language in the meeting’s final draft document.
2010Apr 18The Int’l. Cannabis and Hemp Expo closed at the Cow Palace, Daly City, Ca. it was the first trade show in the US to allow on-site pot smoking and attracted some 15,000 enthusiasts over the weekend.
2011Apr 18US investor William Browder said a Moscow tax official, who approved a fraudulent $230 million tax return in 2007, has bought luxury real estate in Moscow, Dubai and Montenegro and wired money through her husband’s bank accounts worth $39 million. Browder has been campaigning against Russian corruption since 2009 when his lawyer, Sergey Magnitsky, died a year after being sent to prison.
2012Apr 18The Los Angeles Times published 2 pictures, dating back to 2010, showing US soldiers posing with the remains of Taliban insurgents. One showed members of the 82nd Airborne Division posing in 2010 with Afghan police holding the severed legs of a suicide bomber. The 2nd appeared to show the hand of a dead insurgent resting on a US soldier’s shoulder as the soldier smiles.
2013Apr 18In Watertown, Mass., local police were involved in a car chase and shootout with 2 men identified by the FBI as Suspect 1 and Suspect 2 in the April 15 Boston bombings. MIT police officer, Sean Collier (26), was shot and later died.
2014Apr 18President Barack Obama signed into law a bill designed to bar Iran’s pick for UN ambassador from US soil over his links to the 1979 American embassy hostage siege. But Obama also issued a statement saying that he would only regard the legislation as guidance, warning it could infringe upon his executive powers as president.
 Source: Timelines of History  

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