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Saturday, April 18

2007The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 5-4 decision.
1996In Lebanon, at least 106 civilians are killed when the Israel Defense Forces shell the UN compound at Quana where more than 800 civilians had taken refuge.
1992General Abdul Rashid Dostum revolts against President Mohammad Najibullah of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan and allies with Ahmed Shah Massoud to capture Kabul.
1988The United States launches Operation Praying Mantis against Iranian naval forces in the largest naval battle since World War II.
1983A suicide bomber destroys the United States embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 63 people.
1981The longest professional baseball game is begun in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The game was suspended at 4:00 the next morning and finally completed on June 23.
1980The Republic of Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) comes into being, with Canaan Banana as the country's first President.
1974The Prime Minister of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto inaugurates Lahore Dry port.
1961CONCP is founded in Casablanca as a united front of African movements opposing Portuguese colonial rule.
1958A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound is to be released from an insane asylum.
Vincent van Gogh sold only one painting during his lifetime.

Vincent van Gogh    Factoids
Studies show that mosquitoes prefer biting blondes to brunettes.

Mosquitoes    Factoids
The blue whale is the largest animal that has ever lived.

Blue Whale    Factoids
Every ton of seawater contains approximately 1 milligram of dissolved gold.

Gold    Factoids
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