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Sunday, April 18, 2021.

World events on this day in the Menzies Era
  • 1949 - Republic of Ireland withdraws from British Commonwealth
  • 1950 - 1st opening night-game, Cards beat Pirates, 4-2
  • 1950 - 1st transatlantic jet passenger trip
  • 1950 - Polish Catholic church & govt sign accord over relations
  • 1950 - Sam Jethroe is 1st black to play for Boston Braves
  • 1950 - Yankees win 15-10 after trailing Red Sox 9-0 in 6th
  • 1951 - "Make a Wish" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 102 performances
  • 1951 - Dutch Antilles govt of Da Costa Gomez forms
  • 1951 - France, West Germany & Benelux form European Steel & Coal Community
  • 1951 - NY Yankee Mickey Mantle goes 1-for-4 in his 1st game
  • 1953 - "Pal Joey" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 542 performances
  • 1954 - Colonel Nasser seizes power & becomes PM of Egypt
  • 1954 - Louise Suggs wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • 1955 - "Ankles Aweigh" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 176 perfs
  • 1955 - 1st "Walk"/"Don't Walk" lighted street signals installed
  • 1955 - 1st Bandoeng Conference - Afro-Asian conference opens
  • 1956 - Egypt & Israel agree to a cease fire
  • 1956 - Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier III of Monaco (civil ceremony)
  • 1958 - Govt troops reconquer Padang, Middle-Sumatra Indonesia
  • 1958 - NL single-game record of 78,682, Giants lose to Dogers 6-5, in LA
  • 1959 - Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1
  • 1962 - 16th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • 1963 - "Sophie" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 1963 - Dr James Campbell performed the 1st human nerve transplant
  • 1963 - Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1
  • 1964 - "Cafe Crown" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • 1964 - "Foxy" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • 1964 - Artisans strike in Belgium ends
  • 1964 - Sandy Koufax is 1st to strike out the side on 9 pitches
  • 1964 - Van Joe Orton's "Entertaining Mr Sloane"
  • 1966 - Bill Russell became 1st black coach in NBA history (Boston Celtics)
  • 1968 - 178,000 employees of US Bell Telephone System go on strike
  • 1968 - 1st ABA basketball championship began
  • 1968 - Dutch Department of Amnesty International forms
  • 1968 - London Bridge is sold to US oil company (to be erected in Arizona)
  • 1968 - Mart Crowley's "Boys in the Band," premieres in NYC
  • 1968 - Peter Luke's "Hadrian VII," premieres in London
  • 1968 - SF's Old Hall of Justice demolished
  • 1968 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1969 - Melina Mercouri establishes Greek Aid Fund
  • 1971 - Gavaskar makes 220 in 2nd inning v WI after 124 in 1st
  • 1971 - Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Raleigh Golf Classic
  • 1972 - "Lost in the Stars" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 39 performances