This day in history

Thursday, April 18, is the 108th day of 2013. There are 257 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Barbara Hale is 92. Actress Hayley Mills is 67. Actor James Woods is 66. Actor Rick Moranis is 60. Actor Eric Roberts is 57. Author-journalist Susan Faludi is 54. Actress Jane Leeves is 52. Talk show host Conan O’Brien is 50. Actor Eric McCormack is 50. Actress Maria Bello is 46. Actress Melissa Joan Hart is 37. Reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian is 34. Actress America Ferrera is 29.

In 1775, Paul Revere began his famous ride from Charlestown to Lexington, warning American colonists that the British were coming.


In 1906, a devastating earthquake struck San Francisco, followed by raging fires; estimates of the death toll range between 3,000 and 6,000.

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In 1923, the first game was played at the original Yankee Stadium in New York; the Yankees defeated the Red Sox 4-1.

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 1949, the Republic of Ireland was proclaimed.


In 1955, physicist Albert Einstein died in Princeton, N.J., at age 76.

In 1978, the Senate approved the Panama Canal Treaty, providing for the turnover of the waterway to Panama on the last day of 1999.

In 1983, 63 people, including 17 Americans, were killed at the US Embassy in Beirut by a suicide bomber.

In 2012, TV host Dick Clark died in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 82.