Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/April 18

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This is a list of selected April 18 anniversaries that appears on the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial, or on a day that is or soon will be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.

Please note that the events listed on the Main Page are chosen based more on relative article quality and to maintain a mix of topics, not based solely on how important or significant their subjects are. Only 5–6 events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is not generally posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled April 18, 2019 featured article or the April 18, 2019 featured picture.

To report an error when this appears on the Main Page, see Main Page errors. Please remember that this list defers to the supporting articles, so it is best to achieve consensus and make any necessary changes there first.

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; Independence Day in Zimbabwe (1980) refimprove sections
1506 – Construction of the current St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, to replace the old basilica built in the 4th century, began. refimprove section
1906 – A major earthquake and resulting fires devastated San Francisco, killing at least 3,000 people and leaving more than half of the city's population homeless. Refimprove
1923 – The New York Yankees of Major League Baseball began playing their games in the newly constructed Yankee Stadium. refimprove section
1942World War II: Sixteen B-25 Mitchell bombers from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet carried out the Doolittle Raid, the first Allied attack on the Japanese home islands. TFA for 2018
1947 – In one of the largest non-nuclear single explosive detonations in history, the Royal Navy set off 4,000 tonnes of surplus ammunition in an unsuccessful attempt to destroy the island of Heligoland, Germany. refimprove section
1949Ireland officially left the British Commonwealth and became a republic. refimprove section
1961 – The Soviet Pluton planetary radar performed the first successful radiolocation of the planet Venus. outdated
1983 – A suicide bomber destroyed the United States Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing over 60 people with a car bomb. needs more footnotes
1988Iran–Iraq War: U.S. naval forces attacked Iranian forces in retaliation for the Iranian mining of the Persian Gulf and the subsequent damage to the American frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts. refimprove section
1992 – General Abdul Rashid Dostum revolted against the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan and allied with Ahmad Shah Massoud to capture Kabul. expansion; need to verify date – Dostum's article says 18 Apr, but Civil war in Afghanistan (1989–92) makes it seem like he defected earlier



April 18: Yom Hazikaron in Israel (2018)

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