Video: '90th Anniversary of Old Yankee Stadium/The House That Ruth Built"'
(Wednesday, April 18, 1923) — The first game was played today at the original Yankee Stadium in The South Bronx in New York City. The Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-1 with Babe Ruth hitting a three-run home run into the right-field stands.
(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.
(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.