updated 4/18/2005 12:10:40 AM ET 2005-04-18T04:10:40

Today is Monday, April 18, the 108th day of 2005. There are 257 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
Fifty years ago, on April 18, 1955, physicist Albert Einstein died in Princeton, N.J., at age 76.

On this date:
In 1775, Paul Revere began his famous ride from Charlestown to Lexington, Mass., warning American colonists that the British were coming.

In 1906, a devastating earthquake struck San Francisco, followed by raging fires. About 700 people died.

In 1921, Junior Achievement, created to encourage business skills in young people, was incorporated.

In 1942, an air squadron from the USS Hornet led by Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle raided Tokyo and other Japanese cities.

In 1944, the ballet “Fancy Free,” with music by Leonard Bernstein, premiered.

In 1945, famed American war correspondent Ernie Pyle, 44, was killed by Japanese gunfire on the Pacific island of Ie Shima, off Okinawa.

In 1946, the League of Nations went out of business.

In 1956, actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco in a civil ceremony. (A church wedding took place the next day.)

In 1980, Zimbabwe Rhodesia became the independent nation of Zimbabwe.

In 1983, 62 people, including 17 Americans, were killed at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, by a suicide bomber.

Ten years ago: President Clinton held a prime-time news conference in which he said he was satisfied that he remained relevant in a Republican-dominated capital, and challenged Congress to send him an acceptable welfare bill by July Fourth. Quarterback Joe Montana retired from professional football. The Houston Post closed after more than a century.

Five years ago: In a defeat for the United States, a United Nations commission in Geneva voted 22-18 against censuring China’s human rights record. Robert L. Yates Jr. was arrested in Spokane, Wash., and charged with murdering a teenage prostitute. (Yates later confessed to killing 13 people, and was sentenced to 408 years in prison.) In his first game back following a 12-game suspension for making disparaging remarks about minorities, gays and immigrants, Atlanta’s John Rocker pitched a scoreless ninth inning in a 4-3, 12-inning victory over Philadelphia.

One year ago: Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero ordered a withdrawal of Spanish troops from Iraq, fulfilling a campaign pledge and trying to calm his uneasy nation after bombings that killed 191 people in Madrid.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Barbara Hale is 84. Blues singer Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown is 81. Actor Clive Revill is 75. Actor James Drury is 71. Actor Robert Hooks is 68. Actress Hayley Mills is 59. Actor James Woods is 58. Actress-director Dorothy Lyman is 58. Actress Cindy Pickett is 58. Country musician Walt Richmond (The Tractors) is 58. Country musician Jim Scholten (Sawyer Brown) is 53. Actor Rick Moranis is 51. Actress Melody Thomas Scott is 49. Actor Eric Roberts is 49. Actor John James is 49. Rock musician Les Pattinson (Echo and the Bunnymen) is 47. Talk show host Conan O’Brien is 42. Actor Eric McCormack is 42. Actress Maria Bello is 38. Rock musician Greg Eklund (The Oolahs) is 35. R&B singer Trina (Trina and Tamara) is 31. Actress Melissa Joan Hart is 29. Actor Sean Maguire is 29. Actress Alia Shawkat is 16.

Thought for Today: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” — Albert Einstein (1879-1955).

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