On this day: April 18

Published On: Apr 16 2013 03:57:58 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 18 2016 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 - Doolittle Raid
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1942: Lt. Col. James Doolittle leads a bombing raid on Japan, hitting the cities of Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe and Nagoya. The raid, in response to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, was the first air raid by the United States to strike the Japanese Home Islands during World War II. All the aircraft involved in the bombing were lost and 11 of the 80 airmen who participated were either killed or captured -- with three of the captured men executed by the Japanese Army in China.

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