On this day: April 18

Published On: Apr 16 2013 03:57:58 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 18 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

Paul Revere rides, an earthquake and fires ravage San Francisco, Albert Einstein dies, Grace Kelly becomes a princess, and the U.S. embassy in Beirut is hit by a deadly car bomb, all on this day.

OTD April 18 - 1906 San Francisco quake
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1906: A major earthquake strikes San Francisco, Calif., during the early morning hours. The quake and its resulting fires, some of which lasted for several days, killed about 3,000 people and destroyed more than 80 percent of the city.

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