Today in History: April 18

Today in History: April 18

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0310

St. Eusebius of Vercelli begins his reign as Catholic Pope.

1521

Martin Luther confronts the emperor Charles V, refusing to retract the views which led to his excommunication.

1676

Sudbury, Massachusetts is attacked by Indians.

1775

American revolutionaries Paul Revere and William Dawes ride though the towns of Massachusetts warning that "the British are coming."

1791

National Guardsmen prevent Louis XVI and his family from leaving Paris.

1818

A regiment of Indians and blacks is defeated at the Battle of Suwannee, in Florida, ending the First Seminole War.

1834

William Lamb becomes prime minister of England.

1838

The Wilkes' expedition to the South Pole sets sail.

1847

U.S. forces defeat Mexicans at Cerro Gordo in one of the bloodiest battle of the Mexican-American War.

1853

The first train in Asia begins running from Bombay to Tanna.

1861

Colonel Robert E. Lee turns down an offer to command the Union armies.

1895

The First Sino-Japanese War ends.

1906

A massive earthquake hits San Francisco, measuring 8.25 on the Richter scale.

1923

Yankee Stadium opens with Babe Ruth hitting a three-run homer as the Yankees beat the Red Sox 4-1.

1937

Leon Trotsky calls for the overthrow of Soviet leader Josef Stalin.

1942

James H. Doolittle bombs Tokyo and other Japanese cities.

1943

Traveling in a bomber, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the mastermind of the attack on Pearl Harbor, is shot down by American P-38 fighters.

1946

The League of Nations dissolves.

1949

The Republic of Ireland withdraws from British Commonwealth.

1950

The first transatlantic jet passenger trip is completed.

1954

Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser seizes power in Egypt.

1978

The U.S. Senate approves the transfer of the Panama Canal to Panama.

1980

Zimbabwe's (Rhodesia) formal independence from Britain is proclaimed.

1983

A suicide bomber kills U.S. Marines at the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon.