spotlight Today In History, April 18: U.S. Embassy Bombing Apr 18, 2019 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Today is Thursday, April 18.Today's Highlight in History: 1983: U.S. Embassy Bombing On April 18, 1983, 63 people, including 17 Americans, were killed at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, by a suicide bomber. AP 1775: Paul Revere In 1775, Paul Revere began his famous ride from Charlestown to Lexington, Massachusetts, warning colonists that British Regular troops were approaching. AP 1906: San Francisco Earthquake In 1906, a devastating earthquake struck San Francisco, followed by raging fires; estimates of the final death toll range between 3,000 and 6,000. AP 1923: Yankee Stadium In 1923, the first game was played at the original Yankee Stadium in New York; the Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-1. AP 1938: Superman In 1938, Superman, AKA "The Man of Steel," made his debut as the first issue of Action Comics (bearing a cover date of June) went on sale for 10 cents a copy. (In 2014, a nearly flawless original copy was sold on eBay for $3.2 million.) AP 1943: Isoroku Yamamoto In 1943, Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto, commander-in-chief of the Japanese Combined Fleet, was shot down and killed by U.S. fighters while approaching Bougainville in the Solomon Islands. AP 1945: Ernie Pyle In 1945, famed American war correspondent Ernie Pyle, 44, was killed by Japanese gunfire on the Pacific island of Ie Shima (ee-EH' shee-MAH'), off Okinawa. AP 1956: Grace Kelly & Prince Rainier In 1956, American actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier (ren-YAY') of Monaco in a civil ceremony. (A church wedding took place the next day.) AP 1978: Panama Canal Treaty In 1978, the Senate approved the Panama Canal Treaty, providing for the complete turnover of control of the waterway to Panama on the last day of 1999. AP 1988: John Demjanjuk In 1988, an Israeli court convicted John Demjanjuk (dem-YAHN'-yuk), a retired auto worker from Cleveland, of committing war crimes at the Treblinka death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. (However, Israel's Supreme Court later overturned Demjanjuk's conviction.) AP 1995: Joe Montana In 1995, quarterback Joe Montana retired from professional football. AP 2009: Barack Obama Ten years ago: President Barack Obama offered a spirit of cooperation to America's hemispheric neighbors at the Summit of the Americas in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. AP 2009: Roxana Saberi Ten years ago: The White House said Obama was "deeply disappointed" at news Iran had convicted American journalist Roxana Saberi of spying for the United States and sentenced her to eight years in prison. (Saberi was released on appeal the following month.) AP 2013: Boston Marathon Suspects In 2013, the FBI released surveillance camera images of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing and asked for the public's help in identifying them, hours after President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attended an interfaith service at a Roman Catholic cathedral. AP 2014: Everest Avalanche Five years ago: An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest, killing 16 Sherpa guides in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. AP 2018: Bruno Sammartino One year ago: Bruno Sammartino, who had once been one of the longest-reigning champions in professional wrestling, died at the age of 82. AP 2018: Puerto Rico One year ago: Amid a blackout that affected much of the rest of Puerto Rico, generators helped keep the lights on at a stadium in San Juan for the second of two games between the Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins. AP Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Recommended View All Promotions promotion spotlight Which season are you? promotion spotlight Famous Mother's Trivia Quiz More Latest Local Offers Giesswein Plastic Surgery May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month Marty's Inc We sell cars in the $5,000-$10,000 price range! Stoken Wagner Ophthalmic Associates Need new glasses or contacts? Call today to schedule an appointment!