This day in history

Today is Thursday, April 18, the 108th day of 2019. There are 257 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Actor James Drury is 85. Actor Robert Hooks is 82. Actress Hayley Mills is 73. Actor James Woods is 72. Actress-director Dorothy Lyman is 72. Actor Rick Moranis is 66. Actress Melody Thomas Scott is 63. Actor Eric Roberts is 63. Author-journalist Susan Faludi is 60. Actress Jane Leeves is 58. Ventriloquist-comedian Jeff Dunham is 57. Talk show host Conan O’Brien is 56. Actor Eric McCormack is 56. TV chef Ludovic Lefebvre is 48. Actress Melissa Joan Hart is 43. Detroit Tigers All-Star first baseman Miguel Cabrera is 36.


In 1775, Paul Revere began his famous ride from Charlestown to Lexington, warning colonists that British Regular troops were approaching.

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

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

In 1934, the first laundromat (called a ‘‘washateria”) opened in Fort Worth.

In 1938, Superman, AKA ‘‘The Man of Steel,’’ made his debut as the first issue of Action Comics went on sale for 10 cents a copy. (In 2014, a nearly flawless original copy was sold on eBay for $3.2 million.)

In 1945, famed American war correspondent Ernie Pyle, 44, was killed by Japanese gunfire on the Pacific island of Ie Shima, off Okinawa.

In 1956, American actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco.

In 1965, the Prudential building opened in the Back Bay; construction began in 1960.

In 1978, the Senate approved the Panama Canal Treaty, providing for the complete turnover of control 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 2013, the FBI released surveillance camera images of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing and asked for the public’s help in identifying them, hours after President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attended an interfaith service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. MIT Officer Sean Collier was shot to death on the campus by the two suspects, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.