April 18: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- 1506 - The cornerstone of the current St. Peter's Basilica is laid.
- 1775 - American Revolution: The British advancement by sea begins; Paul Revere and other riders warn the countryside of the troop movements.
- 1924 - Simon & Schuster publishes the first crossword puzzle book.
- 1961 - The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, a cornerstone of modern international relations, is adopted.
- 1980 - The Republic of Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) comes into being, with Canaan Banana as the country's first President. The Zimbabwe Dollar replaces the Rhodesian Dollar as the official currency.
- Famous Birthdays: Lucrezia Borgia (Italian daughter of Pope Alexander VI), James McCune Smith (American physician and author), Richard Harding Davis (American journalist and author), George H. Hitchings (American physician, Nobel Prize laureate), Joseph L. Goldstein (American biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate)
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