Thursday, April 18, 2013



1881 - Billy the Kid escapes from the Lincoln County jail in Mesilla, New Mexico.


1901 - Al Lewis, American lyricist (d. 1967) is born.
1906 - SF earthquake & fire kills nearly 4,000 & destroys 75% of city.
1906 - The Los Angeles Times story on the Azusa Street Revival launches Pentecostalism as a worldwide movement.
1912 - The Cunard liner RMS Carpathia brings 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic to New York City.

1912 - Wendy Barrie, Hong Kong, hostess (Wendy Barrie Show) is born.
1913 - Al Hodge, actor (Capt Video) is born.
1921 - Barbara Hale, Dekalb Ill, actress (Della Street-Perry Mason) is born.
1924 - 1st crossword puzzle book published (Simon & Schuster).
1925 - Bob Hastings, Bkln NY, actor (McHale's Navy, All in the Family) is born.
1929 - Peter Jeffrey, actor (Dr Phibes Rides Again, Twinsanity) is born.
1939 - Gene Autry records "Back in the Saddle Again."

1941 - Mike Vickers, rock guitarist (Manfred Mann-Mighty Quinn) is born.
1942 - "Stars & Stripes" paper for US armed forces starts.
1942 - James H Doolittle bombs Tokyo & other Japanese cities.
1946 - Hayley Mills, London England, actress (Parent Trap, Pollyanna) is born.


1946 - Lenny Baker, rocker (Sha Na Na) is born.

1947 - Dorothy Lyman, Minneapolis Mn, (All my Children, Naomi-Mama's Family) is born.
1947 - James Woods, Warwick RI, actor (Salvador, Against All Odds, Contact) is born.
1947 - Lori Martin, Glendale California, actress (Velvet-National Velvet) is born.
1948 - Skip Stephenson, Omaha Neb, comedian (Real People) is born.
1951 - NY Yankee Mickey Mantle goes 1-for-4 in his 1st game.
1953 - "Pal Joey" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 542 performances.
1953 - Rick Moranis, Toronto, (SCTV, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Spaceballs) is born.


1954 - Kim Stone, bassist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance) is born.
1955 - 1st "Walk"/"Don't Walk" lighted street signals installed.
1955 - Albert Einstein, Nobel laureate (b. 1879) dies.

1958 - A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound is to be released from an insane asylum.
1963 - Dr James Campbell performed the 1st human nerve transplant.
1963 - Eric McCormack, Canadian-American actor (Will and Grace) is born.

1963 - Conan Chris O'Brien, Brookline Mass, TV host (Late Night) is born.


1964 - Sandy Koufax is 1st to strike out the side on 9 pitches.
1968 - London Bridge is sold to US oil company (to be erected in Arizona).
1968 - SF's Old Hall of Justice demolished.
1975 - John Lennon releases "Stand by Me."

1976 - 30th Tony Awards: Travesties & Chorus Line win.
1976 - Melissa Joan Hart, Sayville NY, actress (Clarissa, Sabrina) is born.
1977 - "Side by Side" by Stephen Sondheim opens at Music Box NYC for 390 perfs.
1977 - Alex Haley, author of "Roots," awarded Pulitzer Prize.
1979 - "Real People" premieres on NBC TV.

1983 - Pulitzer Prize awarded to Alice Walker for "The Color Purple".
1984 - America Ferrera, American actress (Ugly Betty), is born.
1985 - Liberace grosses more than $2,000,000 for his engagement at New York City's Radio City Music Hall. He breaks his own record of $1.6 million.

1990 - Bankruptcy court forces Frank Lorenzo to give up Eastern Airlines.
1991 - Census Bureau said it failed to count up to 63 million in 1990 census.
1993 - David Lee Roth arrested in NYC for purchasing marijuana for $10.
1994 - "Beauty & the Beast" opens at Palace Theater NYC.
1994 - Arsenio Hall announces he will end his show in May 1994.

1994 - Roseanne Barr Arnold files for divorce from Tom Arnold.
1995 - Quarterback Joe Montana announces his retirement from football.
1996 - "Funny Thing Happened," opens at St James Theater NYC for 715 perfs.
2012 - Dick Clark, American radio and television personality, dies from a heart attack at 82.


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