Today in history 4/18/2017


Today in history, St. Eusebius of Vercelli begins his reign as Catholic Pope in 310.

Today in history, Martin Luther (see picture below) confronts the emperor Charles V, refusing to retract the views which led to his excommunication in 1521.

Today in history, American revolutionaries Paul Revere and William Dawes (see picture below) ride though the towns of Massachusetts warning that “the British are coming” in 1775.

Today in history, William Lamb becomes prime minister of England in 1834.

Today in history, The Wilkes’ expedition to the South Pole sets sail in 1838.

Today in history, The first train in Asia begins running from Bombay to Tanna in 1853.

Today in history, The First Sino-Japanese War ends in 1895.

Today in history, Yankee Stadium opens with Babe Ruth hitting a three-run homer as the Yankees beat the Red Sox 4-1 in 1923.

Today in historyJames H. Doolittle (see picture below) bombs Tokyo and other Japanese cities in 1942.

Today in history, Traveling in a bomber, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (see picture below), the mastermind of the attack on Pearl Harbor, is shot down by American P-38 fighters in 1943.

Today in history, The U.S. Senate approves the transfer of the Panama Canal to Panama in 1978.