April 18 in Pop Culture History

18April 18
1506 – The cornerstone of the current St. Peter’s Basilica was laid.

1738 – Real Academia de la Historia (“Royal Academy of History”) was founded in Madrid, Spain.

1775 – Paul Revere’s Ride took place. He probably said “The Regulars are coming out” rather subtly since there were British Troops everywhere.

1846 – The first US Patent (#4,464) for a telegraph ticker that would print letters of the alphabet was issued to R.E. House of New York City.

1902 – Quetzaltenango, the second largest city of Guatemala, was destroyed by an earthquake.

1906 (Earthquake) At 5:13 AM, an earthquake estimated at close to 8.0 on the Richter scale strikes San Francisco, California.

1909 – Joan of Arc was beatified by the Catholic Church, the first step towrds sainthood. Pope Benedict XV canonized Joan on May 16, 1920.

1923 – Yankee Stadium, ‘The House that Ruth Built’, opened.

1924 – Simon & Schuster published the first crossword puzzle book.

1925 – The first Woman’s World’s Fair in US was officially opened in Chicago, Illinois, by First Lady Mrs Calvin Coolidge.

1930 – BBC reported there was no news, and then played out with piano music.

1966 – James M. Schlatter applied for a Patent (#3,492,131) for Peptide Sweetening Agents, an invention which eventually led led to the marketing of aspartame under the name NutraSweet

1983 – The Disney Channel began as a cable channel

1983 – A suicide bomber destroyed the United States embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 63 people.

1987 – #1 Hit April 18, 1987 – May 1, 1987: Aretha Franklin and George MichaelI Knew You Were Waiting (for Me)

1989 – In the People’s Republic of China (PRC), student protests grew until the Chinese government eventually suppressed them in June, during what came to be known as the Tienanmen Square Massacre.

1995 – Rox became the first television show distributed via the internet.

2009 – #1 Hit April 18, 2009 – July 10, 2009: The Black Eyed PeasBoom Boom Pow

2012 – Dick Clark, host of American Bandstand and New Year’s Rockin’ Eve died.

2014 – 16 people were killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest.

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