Senior U.S. officials condemn graphic photos depicting their troops posing with the mangled corpses of suspected Afghan suicide bombers on at least two separate occasions months apart. The "Los Angeles Times" defends its publication of the photos after being warned against the move by the U.S. military. //www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/04/2012418143418753265.html (Al Jazeera)
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Roxana Saberi, an Iranian-American journalist, is sentenced to eight years in prison for espionage by an Iranian court. She is released the following month, after an appeals court reduces and suspends her sentence.
Five people die in ethnic clashes in Iran's south-west Khuzestan province.
Friday, April 18, 2003
United States Army troops found over dollars in United States and Iraqi currency in sealed metal boxes in several bricked up cottages on the grounds of the homes of members of the Iraqi elite in Baghdad. Preliminary indications were that the money was real uncirculated bills, and not counterfeit.
WWII: Prime Minister of Greece Alexandros Koryzis commits suicide as German troops approach Athens.
Tuesday, April 18, 1939
The Soviet Union proposes a peace front to resist aggression.
Monday, April 18, 1938
First appearance of Superman. The date Action Comics #1 was published (June Cover) according to court documents released during the legal battle over the rights to Superman. DC Comics recognizes May 3, 1938 as the publishing date.
Monday, April 18, 1927
The Kuomintang (Nationalist Chinese) set up a government in Nanking, China.
Wednesday, April 18, 1923
Yankee Stadium opens its doors in the Bronx, NY
Sunday, April 18, 1909
Joan of Arc is beatified in Rome.
Wednesday, April 18, 1906
San Francisco earthquake (estimated magnitude 7.8) on the San Andreas Fault destroys much of San Francisco, California, USA, killing at least 3,000, with 225,000–300,000 left homeless, and $350 million in damages.
Danish-Prussian War (Second War of Schleswig) ndash Battle of Dybbøl: The Prussian army fielding 10,000 men defeats the Danish defending army of 9,200 at Dybbøl Mill, after an artillery bombardment from April 7 to April 18.
Srivijaya, a partly Buddhist kingdom based in Sumatra, is attacked by the Chola Empire of southern India in a dispute over trading rights in South-east Asia. It survives, but declines in importance.
Failure of the North African Zirid dynasty's attempts to retake Sicily.Gilbert Meynier (2010) "L'Algérie cœur du Maghreb classique. De l'ouverture islamo-arabe au repli (658-1518)". Paris: La Découverte pp.50.