Daily Archives: April 18, 2013

Jewish insurgents launch uprising against Nazis at Warsaw Ghetto 70 years ago this hour (1943)


Video: 'Warsaw Ghetto Uprising' (Apr. 19, 1943, at 5:05)

(Monday, April 19, 1943, 4 a.m. local time, on the eve of Passover; during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, part of The Holocaust during World War II) — Tens of thousands of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto began a valiant but ultimately futile battle today against Nazi forces, firing and tossing Molotov cocktails and hand grenades from alleyways, sewers, and windows. Continue reading Jewish insurgents launch uprising against Nazis at Warsaw Ghetto 70 years ago this hour (1943)

The Beatles perform for BBC radio’s ‘Swinging Sound ’63’ 50 years ago this hour (1963)


Audio: 'The Beatles - Swinging Sound '63 (18th April 1963)'

(Thursday, April 18, 1963, 10:02 p.m. BST) — The Beatles performed live tonight for the BBC Light Programme Swinging Sound ’63 at Royal Albert Hall, Kenington Gore, London. They performed Twist And Shout and From Me To You. Continue reading The Beatles perform for BBC radio’s ‘Swinging Sound ’63’ 50 years ago this hour (1963)

U.S. Vice President William R. King dies 160 years ago today (1853)


Video: Gravesite of William Rufus Devane King

(Monday, April 18, 1853) — William R. King, the 13th Vice President of the United States, died today in Selma, Dallas County, Alabama of tuberculosis after only 45 days in office. Following King’s death at age 67, the office of Vice-President was vacant for four years, until March 4, 1857, when John C. Breckinridge was inaugurated.

63 killed as suicide bomb rocks U.S. embassy in Beirut 30 years ago this hour (1983)


Video: 'U S Embassy in Beirut April 18 1983'

(Monday, April 18, 1983, 1:03 p.m. local time; part of the Lebanese Civil War) — 63 people, including 17 Americans, were killed today at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, by a suicide bomber. It was the deadliest attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission up to that time, and is thought of as marking the beginning of anti-U.S. attacks by Islamist groups.