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Today in History
Today in History: Friday, April  18, 2014
AP Highlight in History:
On April 18, 1906, a major earthquake struck San Francisco and set off raging fires. More than 3,000 people died.

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On this date in:
1775Paul Revere began his ride from Charlestown to Lexington, Mass., warning American colonists that the British were coming.
1923The first baseball game was played at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, with New York beating the Boston Red Sox 4-1.
1942An air squadron led by Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle raided Tokyo and other Japanese cities.
1946The League of Nations went out of business.
1949The Irish Republic was proclaimed.
1955Physicist Albert Einstein died at age 76.
1956Actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco.
1978The U.S. Senate approved the Panama Canal Treaty, providing for the complete turnover of control of the waterway to Panama on the last day of 1999.
1983A suicide bomber killed 63 people, including 17 Americans, at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.
1989Thousands of Chinese students demanding democracy tried to storm Communist Party headquarters in Beijing.
1999Wayne Gretzky, the National Hockey League's all-time leading scorer, played his last professional game, at Madison Square Garden in New York.
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2004Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero ordered a withdrawal of Spanish troops from Iraq.
2007The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, upheld a federal ban on a medical procedure that opponents calls partial-birth abortion.
2011Standard & Poor's lowered its long-term outlook for the U.S. government's fiscal health from "stable" to "negative."
2012Dick Clark, the TV host and producer who helped bring rock 'n' roll into the mainstream on "American Bandstand" and rang in the New Year for the masses at Times Square, died at age 82. .
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Comedian-talk show host Conan O'Brien turns 51 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
James DruryActor ("The Virginian")80
Hayley MillsActress68
James WoodsActor67
Rick MoranisActor61
Eric RobertsActor58
Melody Thomas ScottActress ("The Young and the Restless")58
Jane LeevesActress ("Frasier")53
Eric McCormackActor ("Will and Grace")51
Maria BelloActress47
Melissa Joan HartActress ("Sabrina the Teenage Witch")38
Kourtney KardashianReality TV star35
America FerreraActress ("Ugly Betty')30
Britt RobertsonActress ("The Secret Circle")24
Chloe BennetActress ("Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.")22
Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera turns 31 years old today.
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