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April 18: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on April 18

April 18th is Piñata Day and Animal Crackers Day.

This day marks the 108th day of 2021, and there’s another 257 days to go.

Everyone who was born on April 18 shares the star sign of Aries.

This day in history was a great day for space exploration, but there is so much more to touch on including, newly appointed prime ministers, scientific breakthroughs, and music releases.

Did you know that on this day in 2013, two Earth-like planets were discovered? Both were found in the same solar system in the star Kepler 62’s habitable zone.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about April 18th in history!

What Happened On April 18 In History?

2020

A gunman named Gabriel Wortman rampaged through Nova Scotia, Canada.

He carried out multiple shootings and killed 22 people. He was finally shot and killed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
2013

Two Earth-like planets in one solar system were discovered.

Astronomers found a system that a sun-like star and five orbiting planets.
Source UW News
1975

John Lennon sang “Stand by Me” at his last ever solo live performance.

1966

NBA hired the first African American coach Bill Russell for the Boston Celtics.

1955

Genius Albert Einstein died due to heart failure at age 76.

1912

705 survivors of the Titanic arrived to New York City onboard the Cunard Liner Carpathia.

OTD in 1912: 705 survivors of the Titanic arrived to New York City onboard the Cunard Liner Carpathia.
1906

A devastating earthquake in San Francisco destroyed over 80% of the city.

OTD in 1906: A devastating earthquake in San Francisco destroyed over 80% of the city.
The 7.9 magnitude shake occurred at 05:12 am, causing a fire to break out in the city. Over 3,000 people lost their lives to the disaster.
1835

William Lamb became the British prime minister for the second time.

Also known as Lord Melbourne, he took the place of Robert Peel who quit due to frustration.
1506

The construction of St Peter’s Basilica began in the Vatican.

The building is the largest church in the world and known as one of the world's most holy Catholic shrines.
310

Pope Saint Eusebius became bishop of Rome.

Did you know that on this day, April 18th 2013, two Earth-like planets were discovered?