1530 Apr 18, Francois Lambert d’Avignon (~43), French church reformer, died.
1874 Apr 18, David Livingstone was buried in Westminster Abbey.
1943 Apr 18, Traveling in a bomber, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (b.1884), the mastermind of the attack on Pearl Harbor, was shot down by American P-38 fighters.
1963 Apr 18, Dr. James Campbell performed the 1st human nerve transplant.
1987 Apr 18, President Reagan used his weekly radio address to express hope the superpowers could reach an agreement to sharply reduce the threat of intermediate-range nuclear weapons.
1991 Apr 18, President Bush unveiled his “America 2000″ education strategy, which included a voluntary nationwide exam system and aid pegged to academic results.
1994 Apr 18, Former President Richard Nixon suffered a stroke at his home in Park Ridge, N.J., and was taken to New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center; he died four days later.
1996 Apr 18, President Clinton addressed the Japanese Parliament, hailing security ties between the two countries as the cornerstone of stability in Asia. Congress passed and sent to President Clinton long-awaited legislation giving federal law officers new powers to use against terrorism.
1996 Apr 18, Pres. Yeltsin of Russia denied that there was a war in Chechnya while Russian TV showed Chechen rebels attacking a Russian military convoy. 26 soldiers were killed and 51 were wounded.
1998 Apr 18, Eduardo Umana Mendoza (50), Columbia’s top human rights lawyer, was killed with 6 bullets to the head.
1999 Apr 18, Wayne Gretzky played his last National Hockey League game as his New York Rangers lost to Pittsburgh 2-1 in overtime at Madison Square Garden.
1999 Apr 18, Pres. Kabila of Congo and Ugandan Pres. Museweni signed a cease-fire agreement that was mediated by Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy. Rwanda and Congolese rebels rejected the deal.
2000 Apr 17, In Spokane, Wa., Robert L. Yates Jr., a National Guardsman and the father of 5, was arrested for the murder of a 16-year-old prostitute and suspected in the murder of as many as 17 other slayings in Washington state. On Oct 16 Yates agreed to plead guilty to 13 murders to avoid the death penalty. He was sentenced to 408 years in prison.
2002 Apr 18, Robert Blake (68), TV’s detective in the Baretta series, was arrested along with his bodyguard for the murder of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, last May. Blake was acquitted at his criminal trial but found liable in a civil trial.
2003 Apr 18, Scott Peterson was arrested in San Diego for the death of his wife, Laci, who was eight months pregnant when she vanished on Christmas Eve. Genetic testing proved that two bodies found Apr 13-14 near the SF Bay Berkeley Marina were Laci Peterson and her baby.
2004 Apr 18, Koken Nosaka (79), Japanese lawmaker, died. He was a former top government spokesman under Japan’s first Socialist prime minister in the post-World War II era.
2004 Apr 18, Rodriguez Zapatero, Spain’s new PM, ordered the withdrawal of 1,300 Spanish troops from Iraq.
2005 Apr 18, Madagascar’s Pres. Ravalomanana signed a $110 million, 4-year aid package in Washington, designed to fix problems with corruption and local bank loans. The grant was from the Millennium Challenge Account, unveiled by Pres. Bush in 2002 to fund honest governments pursuing sound economic policies
2006 Apr 18, Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in Washington state, toured the Redmond campus of Microsoft and had dinner at the home of MS Corp. Chairman Bill Gates.
2006 Apr 18, Josephine Crawford (84), a Galloway Township widow, hit a $10 million jackpot, the biggest in the history of casino gambling in Atlantic City, NJ.
2008 Apr 18, Former US Pres. Jimmy Carter arrived in Syria where he met Pres. Bashar Assad, the political leader of the militant Palestinian Hamas group and Syrian businessmen.
2010 Apr 18, Chinese President Hu Jintao called on rescuers to keep searching for survivors as he visited victims of a powerful quake in Tibet that left some 2,064 dead.
2010 Apr 18, Pope Benedict XVI met in Malta with a group of clerical sex-abuse victims and promised them with tears in his eyes that the Catholic Church would seek justice for pedophile priests and implement “effective measures” to protect young people from abuse. 10 Maltese men came forward earlier this month saying they wanted to meet with the pope to tell him their stories and to request an apology. They said they were abused by 4 priests at a Catholic orphanage.
2010 Apr 18, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe pledged to move ahead with plans to hand over 51 percent control of businesses to blacks under a controversial program. Addressing a rally to mark 30 years of independence from Britain, Mugabe urged Zimbabweans to end political violence and focus on rebuilding a devastated economy.
2011 Apr 18, Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmad al-Khalifa said Gulf troops will stay until its Sunni rulers are satisfied that threats from Iran have eased amid an ongoing crackdown on dissent. He also said Bahrain does not seek to dissolve the main Shiite opposition group Al-Wefaq, and wants it as a “partner for the future.”
2011 Apr 18, In Turkey Bedri Baykam, a prominent government critic, was hospitalized after a stabbing assault, which followed a speech in which he condemned plans to tear down the “Monument to Humanity,” a sculpture near the Armenian border.
2012 Apr 18, Eladio Aponte, a former Venezuelan supreme court justice who recently fled to the US, gave an interview to SoiTV, a Miami-based TV channel. He said that senior officials from the president on down would provide the judiciary with instructions on sensitive cases.
2012 Apr 18, CongoDRC Finance Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo Mapon (47) was appointed prime minister and asked to form a new government.
2012 Apr 18, Sudan’s Pres. Omar el-Bashir threatened to topple the government of South Sudan and liberate its people.
2013 Apr 18, In Montana Zaccary John Kern (21) and Robert Eric Bottenhagen (21) were arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide hours after 4 bodies were found in a burned-out mobile home near Billings.
2013 Apr 18, Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf and his bodyguards pushed past policemen and sped away from court in the country’s capital to avoid arrest after his bail was revoked in a case accusing him of detaining senior judges while in power.