This Day in History: April 18th

Here are 10 interesting events that happened on April 18th throughout history:

  • 1775: The Battles of Lexington and Concord are fought, marking the start of the American Revolutionary War.
  • 1856: The first issue of Harper’s Weekly is published.
  • 1865: Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrenders to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at the Battle of Appomattox Court House, effectively ending the American Civil War.
  • 1898: The United States declares war on Spain, beginning the Spanish-American War.
  • 1912: The RMS Titanic sinks after striking an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean, killing over 1,500 people.
  • 1930: The first Academy Awards ceremony is held.
  • 1942: The Battle of Midway begins, turning the tide of World War II in the Pacific.
  • 1945: The United States drops an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, killing over 80,000 people.
  • 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • 1978: The United States transfers control of the Panama Canal to Panama.

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