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April 18 Historical Events

The following events took place on April 18. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 48 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 796
    King Æthelred I of Northumbria is murdered in Corbridge by a group led by his ealdormen, Ealdred and Wada. The patrician Osbald is placed on the throne, but is within 27 days abdicated.
  • 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.
  • 1518
    Bona Sforza is crowned as queen consort of Poland.
  • 1521
    Trial of Martin Luther begins its second day during the assembly of the Diet of Worms. He refuses to recant his teachings despite the risk of excommunication.
  • 1689
    Bostonians rise up in rebellion against Sir Edmund Andros.
  • 1738
    Real Academia de la Historia (“Royal Academy of History”) is founded in Madrid.
  • 1775
    American Revolution: The British advancement by sea begins; Paul Revere and other riders warn the countryside of the troop movements.
  • 1797
    The Battle of Neuwied: French victory against the Austrians.
  • 1807
    The Harwich ferry disaster occurred near the North Sea port of Harwich on the Essex coast (England) in which 60-90 people drowned during the capsizing of a small ferry boat.
  • 1831
    The University of Alabama is founded.
  • 1848
    American victory at the battle of Cerro Gordo opens the way for invasion of Mexico.
  • 1857
    “The Spirits Book” by Allan Kardec is published, marking the birth of Spiritualism in France.
  • 1864
    Battle of Dybbøl: A Prussian-Austrian army defeats Denmark and gains control of Schleswig. Denmark surrenders the province in the following peace settlement.
  • 1880
    An F4 tornado strikes Marshfield, Missouri, killing 99 people and injuring 100.
  • 1897
    The Greco-Turkish War is declared between Greece and the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1899
    The St. Andrew’s Ambulance Association is granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria.
  • 1902
    Quetzaltenango, the second largest city of Guatemala, is destroyed by an earthquake.
  • 1906
    An earthquake and fire destroy much of San Francisco, California.
  • 1909
    Joan of Arc is beatified in Rome.
  • 1912
    The Cunard liner RMS Carpathia brings 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic to New York City.
  • 1915
    French pilot Roland Garros is shot down and glides to a landing on the German side of the lines during World War I.
  • 1923
    Yankee Stadium, “The House that Ruth Built”, opens.
  • 1924
    Simon & Schuster publishes the first crossword puzzle book.
  • 1930
    BBC reported there was no news, then played out with piano music.
  • 1936
    The first Champions Day is celebrated in Detroit, Michigan.
  • 1942
    World War II: The Doolittle Raid on Japan. Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe and Nagoya are bombed.
  • 1942
    Pierre Laval becomes Prime Minister of Vichy France.
  • 1943
    World War II: Operation Vengeance, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is killed when his aircraft is shot down by U.S. fighters over Bougainville Island.
  • 1945
    Over 1,000 bombers attack the small island of Heligoland, Germany.

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