18th April

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1983 Suicide Bomber kills 63 A suicide bomber kills 63 people, including 17 Americans, at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.
1980 Independent state of Zimbabwe formed Prince Charles presents Zimbabwe's president Rev Canaan Banana with documents signed by Queen Elizabeth II granting independence to the former colony. Robert Mugabe is signed in as the country's first prime minister
1955 Albert Einstein dies Eminent scientist Dr Albert Einstein, who developed the theory of relativity, dies in hospital aged 76.
1906 San Francisco Earthquake Five hundred killed and fifty thousand are homeless after a major earthquake hits San Francisco. Property loss is estimated to be $200 million.
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