April 18 in Pop Culture History
|April 18th is…
Adult Autism Awareness Day
Amateur Radio Dayrackers Day
Animal Crackers Day
Holocaust Awareness Day
Lineman Appreciation Day
International Day for Monuments and Sites
Pet Owners’ Independence Day
Velociraptor Awareness Day
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,” subtly since British Troops were everywhere.
1846 – The first US Patent (#4,464) for a telegraph ticker that would print letters of the alphabet was issued to the R.E. House of New York City.1902 – Quetzaltenango, the second largest city in Guatemala, was destroyed by an earthquake.
1906 (Earthquake) At 5:13 AM, an earthquake estimated at close to 8.0 on the Richter scale struck San Francisco, California.
1909 – the Catholic Church beatified Joan of Arc, the first step toward 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 the 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 that eventually 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 Michael – I 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 Tiananmen Square Massacre.
1994 – Beauty and the Beast (Broadway Musical) Opened on April 18, 1994, and closed on July 29, 2007
1995 – Rox became the first television show distributed via the internet.2003 – Holes and Malibu’s Most Wanted were released in theaters
.2008 – Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Forbidden Kingdom, 88 Minutes and Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed debuted in theaters.
2009 – #1 Hit April 18, 2009 – July 10, 2009: The Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow2012 – Dick Clark, host of American Bandstand and New Year’s Rockin’ Eve died.
2014 – 16 people were killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest.
#1 Hit April 18, 2020 – April 24, 2020: Toosie Slide – Drake