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This Day in History for April 18

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1865 – Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston surrenders to General William T. Sherman in North Carolina.

1880 – An F4 tornado strikes Marshfield, Missouri, killing 99 people and injuring many more.

1906 – San Francisco earthquake and fire kills nearly 4,000 destroying 75% of the city.

1918 – Cleveland center fielder Tris Speaker turns an unassisted double play.

1924 – 1st crossword puzzle book published by Simon & Schuster.

1934 – 1st “Washateria” (laundromat) opens (Fort Worth, Texas)

1943 – Operation Vengeance: US Army Air Force P-38G fighter from Kukum Field on Guadalcanal ambush and shoot down the transport bomber aircraft of Isoroku Yamamoto, commander-in-chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy and mastermind behind the Pearl Harbor attack.

1950 – 1st opening night-game, Cards beat Pirates, 4-2.

1958 – A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound is to be released from an insane asylum.

1964 – Sandy Koufax is 1st to strike out the side on 9 pitches.

1968 – 1st ABA basketball championship began.

1968 – London Bridge is sold to US oil company  (to be erected in Arizona)

1977 – Alex Haley author of “Roots” awarded Pulitzer Prize.

1982 – Atlanta Braves win record 11th straight opening game (Beat Astros)

1990 – Bankruptcy court forces Frank Lorenzo to give up on Eastern Airlines.

1991 – US Census Bureau said it failed to count up to 63 million in 1990 census.

1998 – NFL Draft: Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning first pick by Indianapolis Colts.

2007 – The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 5-4 decision.

2015 – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Lou Reed, Ringo Starr, Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Green Day, Bill Withers,  the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and the 5 Royals.

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