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Calendar for April 18th, 2013

Anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

At 5:12 A.M. on Wednesday, April 18, 1906, an earthquake woke up residents of San Francisco and tossed them from their beds. Little did they know that it was going to be one of the deadliest natural disasters in the history of the United States. Read our article, Remembering the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake."


  • 1906: San Francisco earthquake

  • 1909: Beatification ceremony for Joan of Arc held in Rome, Italy

  • 1920s

  • 1923: "Old" Yankee stadium opened in N.Y.C.

  • 1940s

  • 1946: League of Nations dissolved

  • Born 1947: James Woods (actor)

  • 1950s

  • Died 1955: Albert Einstein (physicist)

  • Born 1956: Eric Roberts (actor)

  • 1956: Actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco in a civil ceremony

  • 1960s

  • Born 1963: Conan O'Brien (talk show host)

  • 1970s

  • Born 1976: Melissa Joan Hart (actress)

  • 1978: Lighted fishing pole patented

  • 1980s

  • 1981: The longest professional baseball game started on this night. The 33-inning game spanned 3 days, beginning on April 18, extending into April 19, and ending on June 23. The Pawtucket (Rhode Island) Red Sox beat the Rochester (New York) Red Wings 3-2. Cal Ripken was playing 3rd base for the Red Wings

  • Born 1983: Miguel Cabrera (baseball player)

  • 1990s

  • 1994: Beauty and the Beast was the first Disney animated film to become a Broadway musical. It opened on this day at New York's Palace Theater

  • 2000s

  • Died 2002: Thor Heyerdahl (Norwegian adventurer and author)

  • 2005: Cardinals gathered in Rome to select Pope John Paul II's successor

  • 2005: Catherine Ndereba, of Kenya, won the 109th Boston Marathon for an unprecedented fourth time in the women's division

  • 2009: Aaron Caissie set a world record by balancing 17 spoons on his face

  • 2010s

  • Died 2012: Dick Clark (entertainer)

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