Today in History for April 18th

Highlights of this day in history: The San Francisco earthquake; What becomes known as 'Paul Revere's ride'; A suicide bomb hits the U.S. embassy in Lebanon; Physicist Albert Einstein dies; Wayne Gretzky plays his last NHL game. (April 18)

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ED DONAHUE: April 18, 1906. A devastating earthquake strikes San Francisco, flattening buildings and setting off raging fires. Estimates of the final death toll range between 3,000 and 6,000 in one of the worst natural disasters ever to hit an American city. 1775. In Massachusetts, several post riders set out to warn colonists of the British attack that starts the American Revolution. One patriotic myth growing out of that movement begins with a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem called "Paul Revere's Ride."

1983. A suicide bomber kills 63 people, including 17 Americans, at the US embassy in Lebanon's capital, Beirut. 1955. Physicist Albert Einstein, considered the greatest scientist of the 20th century, dies in Princeton, New Jersey. He was 76. And 1999-- hockey legend Wayne Gretzky plays his last NHL game at New York's Madison Square Garden. Gretzky, nicknamed "The Great One" for setting so many records, says it's time to move on.

WAYNE GRETZKY (RECORDING): It's hard. This is a great game, but it's a hard game. And I'm-- I'm ready.

ED DONAHUE: Today in history, April 18. Ed Donahue, the Associated Press.