Originally created 04/17/99

This day in the Millennium: April 18



Local

1946: William S. Morris of the Independent Party defeated incumbent state Rep. Roy Harris of the Cracker Party with a record voter turnout in Augusta's first election since the turn of the century where blacks were allowed to vote.

1971: Plans began for the first annual Augusta Arts Festival, the first joint effort of all local arts groups.

NationWorld

1775: Paul Revere began his famous ride from Charlestown to Lexington, Mass., warning American colonists that the British were coming.

1906: A devastating earthquake struck San Francisco, followed by raging fires. About 700 people died.

1923: The first game was played in Yankee Stadium.

1942:An air squadron from the USS Hornet led by Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle raided Tokyo and other Japanese cities.

1945: Famed American war correspondent Ernie Pyle, 44, was killed by Japanese gunfire on the Pacific island of Ie Shima, off Okinawa.

1946: The League of Nations went out of business.

1955: Physicist Albert Einstein died in Princeton, N.J.

1956: Actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco in a civil ceremony.

1978: The U.S. Senate voted 68-32 to turn the Panama Canal over to Panamanian control on Dec. 31, 1999.

1983: 62 people, including 17 Americans, were killed at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, by a suicide bomber.