1942 - WW II: Doolittle Raid on Tokyo occurs.
1909 - Joan of Arc is beatified in Rome.
1838 - Wilkes' expedition to South Pole
1775 - 2 lanterns hung in Old North Church steeple in Boston, leading to the famous midnight ride of Paul Revere
1506 - Cornerstone laid for St. Peter's Basilica.
This Day In Business
1924 - The first crossword puzzle book is published by Simon and Schuster.
1983 - American author Alice Walker receives the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for "The Color Purple"
1980 - The Republic of Zimbabwe comes into existence.
1995 - NFL legend Joe Montana announces that he will be retiring from football.
April 18th Holiday
Independence Day (Zimbabwe) - Celebrates Zimbabwe gaining independence from the United Kingdom in 1980.
Today's Birthday Trivia
Her performance of a cover of 'Lovesong' by The Cure was called one of the best in American Idol history. Who is she?
Today's Birthday Horoscope
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