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This Day in History – April 18

1775 – Paul Revere and William Davies ride from Charleston to Lexington warning the “regulars are coming!”
1865 – Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston surrenders to General William T. Sherman in North Carolina.
1840 – An F4 tornado strikes Marshfield, Missouri, killing 99 people and injuring 100.
1890 – NY Commission of Emigration ends, closing Castle Clinton.
1906 – San Francisco earthquake and fire kills nearly 4,000 while destroying 75% of the city.
1912 – Cunard liner RMS Carpathia brings 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic to New York City.
1923 – 74,000 (62,281 paid) on hand for opening of Yankee Stadium.
1925 – World’s Fair opens in Chicago.
1934 – 1st “Washateria” (Laundromat) opens (Fort Worth, Texas)
1942 – James Doolittle bombs Tokyo & other Japanese cities.
1946 – League of Nations dissolve (3 months after UN starts)
1955 – 1st “Walk”/”Don’t Walk” lighted street signals installed.
1964 – Sandy Koufax is 1st to strike out the side on 9 pitches.
1973 – US Government ends Mandatory Oil Import Program, established in 1959 by President Eisenhower.
1977 – Alex Haley author of “Roots” awarded Pulitzer Prize.
1978 – Senate votes to turn Panama Canal over to Panama on December 31, 1999.
1983 – Pulitzer Prize awarded to Alice Walker for “The Color Purple”
1990 – Supreme Court rules states could make it a crime to possess or look at child pornography, even in one’s home.
1995 – Houston Post folds after 116 years.
2007 – The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 5-4 decision.

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