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Daily Calendar for Friday, April 18, 2025

Good Friday, also known as Great Friday, Holy Friday, or Sorrowful Friday, is a major Christian observance that commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. It is a time for Christians to reflect upon his suffering and willing sacrifice to atone for the sins of mankind. Churches may offer special services, as well as cover crosses with black cloth as a sign of mourning. For some worshippers, it is a day of fasting.

Good Friday occurs two days before Easter (which celebrates Christ’s resurrection). It is part of Holy Week, which starts with Palm Sunday and ends on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter. In certain countries, such as Canada, it is an official public holiday. In the United States, a number of states declare this a state holiday.

Traditional foods served on Good Friday include hot cross buns. These spiced sweet buns usually contain currants or raisins and are topped with icing in the shape of a cross.”

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.””

Died

  • Edouard Albert Roche (astronomer) –
  • Albert Einstein (physicist) –
  • Thor Heyerdahl (Norwegian adventurer and author) –
  • Dick Clark (entertainer) –

Born

  • James Woods (actor) –
  • Eric Roberts (actor) –
  • Conan O'Brien (talk show host) –
  • Melissa Joan Hart (actress) –
  • Miguel Cabrera (baseball player) –
  • America Ferrera (actress) –

Events

  • San Francisco earthquake–
  • Beatification ceremony for Joan of Arc held in Rome, Italy–
  • Old Yankee stadium opened in N.Y.C.–
  • First U.S. public laundromat opened, Fort Worth, Texas–
  • League of Nations dissolved–
  • Actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco in a civil ceremony–
  • Lighted fishing pole patented–
  • 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–
  • 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–
  • Cardinals gathered in Rome to select Pope John Paul II’s successor–
  • Catherine Ndereba, of Kenya, won the 109th Boston Marathon for an unprecedented fourth time in the women’s division–
  • Aaron Caissie set a world record by balancing 17 spoons on his face–

Weather

  • The temperature soared to 90 degrees F in New York City–
  • Logan Airport in Boston reported a temperature of 2 degrees F–
  • The Red River in the Fargo-Moorhead region of North Dakota rose more than 20 feet above flood stage.–
  • The temperature reached 104 degrees Fahrenheit in Del Rio, Texas–

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