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  • 12:35 am This Day in History – April 18
This Day In History
1831 – 1st US-built locomotive to pull a passenger train makes 1st run.
1844 – University of Notre Dame receives its charter in Indiana.
1861 – Steam elevator patented by Elisha Otis.
1865 – Ft. Fisher, NC, falls to Union troops.
1870 – Donkey first used as symbol of Democratic Party, in Harper’s Weekly.
1907 – Gold dental inlays first described by William Taggart, who invented them.
1919 – Two million gallons of molasses flood Boston Massachusetts in the “Great Molasses Flood” when a storage tank burst, drowning 21 and injuring 150.
1934 – While robbing the First National Bank in East Chicago, Indianapolis, Dillinger is shot several times by officer William O’Malley, but survives because he is wearing a bullet proof vest.
1943 – World’s largest office building, the Pentagon is completed.
1951 – Supreme Court rule “clear & present danger” of incitement to riot is not protected speech & can be a cause for arrest.
1961 – Supremes signed with Motown Records.
1973 – 4 Watergate burglars plead guilty in federal court.
1973 – US President Richard Nixon suspends all US offensive action in North Vietnam.
1974 – Expert panel reports 18 1/2 minute gap in Watergate tape, 5 separate erasures.
1986 – Sara Jane Moore sentenced to life for attempting to shoot US President Gerald Ford.
1990 – AT&T experiences long distance problems due to a computer glitch.
1994 – 15th ACE Cable Awards: Michael Fuchs wins the Golden CableACE for outstanding achievements in advancing the development of cable programming.
2001 – Wikipedia a free Wiki or content encyclopedia is launched by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger.
2009 – Chesley Sullenberger lands US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in NYC.  All passengers and crew members survived in what becomes known as the “Miracle on the Hudson”
2018 – US Gymnast Simone Biles says she is one of more than 130 women sexually abused by former team doctor Larry Nassar.