Today in history – April 18, 2019

1506 – The cornerstone was placed for St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

1775 – Paul Revere’s midnight ride. Paul Revere began his famous ride through the Massachusetts countryside, crying out “The British are coming!” to rally the Minutemen.

1831 – The University of Alabama is founded in Tuscaloosa.

1906 – An earthquake destroys much of San Francisco, California.

1923 – Yankee Stadium opens.

1930 – The British Broadcasting Corporation announced that “there is no news” in their evening report.

1942 – Lt. Col. James Doolittle led a squadron of B-25 bombers in a surprise raid against Tokyo.

1983 – A suicide bomber in Lebanon destroys the U.S. embassy in Beirut, killing 63 people.