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April 18
In 1906, a devastating earthquake struck San Francisco, followed by raging fires. About 700 people died.
In 1942, an air squadron from the USS Hornet led by Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle raided Tokyo and other Japanese cities.
In 1945, famed American war correspondent Ernie Pyle, 44, was killed by Japanese gunfire on the Pacific island of Ie Shima, off Okinawa.
In 1986, a Titan rocket carrying a secret military payload exploded seconds after liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
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