Wednesday, April 18, 2012

18th of April

Today is the 108th day of the year, with only 257 days remaining.

1831 - The University of Alabama is founded in Tuscaloosa.

1848 - An American victory at the Battle of Cerro Gordo opens the way for the invasion of Mexico.

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

1912 - The Cunard liner RMS Carpathia brings 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic to New York City.

1923 - Yankee Stadium, "The House that Ruth Built," opens.

1924 - Simon & Schuster publishes the first crossword puzzle book.

1942 - The Doolittle Raid on Japan occurs.  Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe, and Nagoya are bombed.

1943 - Operation Vengenace is launched, and Admiral Isoruku Yamamoto is killed when his aircraft is shot down by U.S. fighters over Bouganville Island.

1958 - A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound be released from an insane asylum.

1981 - The longest professional  begins in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.  The game is suspended at 4:00 AM the next morning and finally completed on June 23.

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