This Day in History

Massachusetts silversmith Paul Revere saddles up and heads off into the night to alert his fellow colonial militia members of the British force’s imminent arrival and their intent to commandeer the American’s arms as well as to arrest patriots Samuel Adams and John Hancock.

At 5:12 AM an extremely powerful earthquake, later estimated at 7.8 magnitude, convulses the bustling metropolis of San Francisco, California. The quake and resulting fires will destroy 80 percent of the city, kill 3,000, and leave upwards of 300,000 homeless.

The movie star marries Prince Rainier III of Monaco in a civil ceremony, effectively ending her acting career. The formal church ceremony will happen the next day, watched by millions on live TV. Prince Rainier III and the Princess consort will remain married until her death in 1982.

Five-sixths of Ireland is no longer part of the United Kingdom’s Commonwealth, as the Republic of Ireland Act takes effect. While peace comes to the Republic, ‘The Troubles‘ in Northern Ireland will continue into the second half of the 20th century.

BIRTHDAYS

1962 Jeff Dunham is a popular comedian and ventriloquist

1947 James Woods, American actor (Salvador, Against All Odds)

1963 Comedian and writer Conan O’Brien rose to fame as the host of the talk show Late Night and later the Tonight Show and Conan.

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