April 18 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
April 18 History Highlights
Animal Cracker Day
Stauffer’s Biscuit Company was the first company to produce animal crackers in 1871 in York, Pennsylvania. Other local bakeries soon came together under the National Biscuit Company, or “Nabisco Brands.”
In 1902, Nabisco’s animal crackers officially became known as “Barnum’s Animals” and used the circus theme of the Barnum and Bailey Circus. Later in 1902, the box was designed for the Christmas season with the innovative idea of attaching a string to hang from the Christmas tree. The Pop Culture Animal Crackers are a deliciously crunchy snack perfect for munching on at home, in the office, or even out on the go.
April 18 is…
|Animal Cracker Day
International Amateur Radio Day
Velociraptor Awareness Day
April 18 Birthday Quotes
“Some people live more in 20 years than others do in 80. It’s not the time that matters, it’s the person.”
“Fall down. Make a mess. Break something occasionally. Know that your mistakes are your own unique way of getting to where you need to be. And remember that the story is never over.”
“If you’re a young person who wants to become an actor, it’s really important to walk into a casting room with a sense of yourself and some life experience. You can really delight a room and have them already choose you before you’ve even said a word!”
“What we see is what they’re trying to sell us.”
“I have the same attitude with work – I like to go to work, I like to work really hard I, like to give everything my all, I like to try things that are new, you know.”
April 18 Birthdays
|1857 – Clarence Darrow, American lawyer (died in 1938)
1882 – Leopold Stokowski, English conductor (died in 1977)
1916 – Carl Burgos, American comic book illustrator (died in 1984)
1919 – Virginia O’Brien, American character actress and singer (died in 2001)
1922 – Barbara Hale, American actress (died in 2017)
1946 – Hayley Mills, English actress
1950 – Kenny Ortega, American director, producer, and choreographer
1953 – Rick Moranis, Canadian-American comedic actor
1956 – Eric Roberts, American actor
1961 – Jane Leeves, English actress
1962 – Jeff Dunham, American comedian and ventriloquist
1963 – Eric McCormack, Canadian-American actor
1963 – Conan O’Brien, American actor, screenwriter, and talk show host
1967 – Maria Bello, American actress
1971 – David Tennant, Scottish actor, The Tenth Doctor
1976 – Melissa Joan Hart, American actress
1979 – Kourtney Kardashian, American model and businesswoman
1987 – Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, English model and actress
1987 – Samantha Jade, Australian singer-songwriter
April 18 History
|1506 – The cornerstone of the current St. Peter’s Basilica was laid.
1738 – Real Academia de la Historia (“Royal Academy of History”) was founded in Madrid, Spain.
1775 – Paul Revere’s Ride took place. He probably said “The Regulars are coming out” rather subtly since there were British Troops everywhere.
1846 – The first US Patent (#4,464) for a telegraph ticker that would print letters of the alphabet was issued to R.E. House of New York City.
1902 – Quetzaltenango, the second largest city of Guatemala, was destroyed by an earthquake.
1906 (Earthquake) At 5:13 AM, an earthquake estimated at close to 8.0 on the Richter scale strikes San Francisco, California.
1909 – Joan of Arc was beatified by the Catholic Church, the first step towards sainthood. Pope Benedict XV canonized Joan on May 16, 1920.
1923 – Yankee Stadium, ‘The House that Ruth Built’, opened.
1924 – Simon & Schuster published the first crossword puzzle book.
1925 – The first Woman’s World’s Fair in the US was officially opened in Chicago, Illinois, by First Lady Mrs. Calvin Coolidge.
1930 – BBC reported there was no news, and then played out with piano music.
1966 – James M. Schlatter applied for a Patent (#3,492,131) for Peptide Sweetening Agents, an invention that eventually led to the marketing of aspartame under the name NutraSweet
1983 – The Disney Channel began as a cable channel
1983 – A suicide bomber destroyed the United States embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 63 people.
1987 – #1 Hit April 18, 1987 – May 1, 1987: Aretha Franklin and George Michael – I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me)
1989 – In the People’s Republic of China (PRC), student protests grew until the Chinese government eventually suppressed them in June, during what came to be known as the Tienanmen Square Massacre.
1994 – Broadway Show – Beauty and the Beast (Musical) April 18, 1994
1995 – Rox became the first television show distributed via the internet.
2003 – Holes and Malibu’s Most Wanted were released in theaters.
2008 – Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Forbidden Kingdom, 88 Minutes and Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed debuted in theaters.
2009 – #1 Hit April 18, 2009 – July 10, 2009: The Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow
2007 – A series of bombings in Baghdad, killed 198 and injured 251 people.
2012 – Dick Clark, host of American Bandstand and New Year’s Rockin’ Eve died.
2013 – A suicide bombing in a Baghdad cafe killed 27 and injured another 65 people.
2014 – 16 people were killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest.
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
|A group of Ships is called a Fleet.
Bad luck comes in threes, but the 3rd time’s the charm.
“Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make.” – Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi) #moviequotes
Fake living rooms at IKEA should also have a couple in them trying to assemble IKEA furniture and fighting.
“Every girl’s crazy ’bout a shot glass man” #misunderstoodlyrics
“Books, records, films—these things matter. Call me shallow but it’s the fuckin’ truth.” – Rob in High Fidelity #moviequotes
A group of Squirrels is called a Dray or Scurry
An average storm cloud weighs 105.8 million pounds.
“Punctuation, is? fun!’ – Daniel Keyes
Every time I hear or see anything about fossil fuels, I always think of dinosaurs.
You can’t feel if your hair is hot or cold… because if you touch it it’s always hair temperature.
Patrick Star is stupid because he ‘lives under a rock.’
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