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April 18, 2013 6:07 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

I periodically consult This Day in History to identify appropriate posting topics, which is why I knew the Great San Francisco Earthquake occurred on April 18, 1906. But also on this day: Luther stood his ground at the Diet of Worms (1521); Doolittle raided Japan (1942); Grace Kelly married Prince Ranier (1956); the U.S. embassy in Beirut was destroyed by a suicide bomber (1983); and just last year, Dick Clark died.

Here’s our final news/views roundup of the day:

* D-Trip goes for gold in SC-1 with anti-Sanford ad telling former Appalachian Trail hiker to “just keep walking.”

* And speaking of SC-1: conservative women’s group reportedly looking into possibility of Jenny Sanford write-in campaign.

* Jamelle Bouie assembles evidence that even strong support for immigration reform won’t help GOPers much with Latinos, and that’s an argument you’ll also be hearing from opponents of reform.

* At Ten Miles Square, Ezra Klein discusses three different theories of presidential leadership that Obama is relying on in gun, budget and immigration efforts.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer argues that online instruction works best as complement to, not substitute for, regular live courses.

And in non-political news:

* Antibiotics losing ground in race against drug-resistant bacteria.

To end the day, and to honor in a more upbeat way those responding to the disaster in West, Texas, here’s Roxy Music again with their tribute to the Big Country, “Prairie Rose,” in London in 2011.


Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • Tom Hilton on April 18, 2013 6:58 PM:

    But also on this day: Luther stood his ground at the Diet of Worms (1521)...

    Wouldn't that actually have been closer to (~)April 25 by our reckoning? This was before the Julian-to-Gregorian calendar changeover, so "today's" date doesn't actually translate to exactly X years ago.

    (Loves me some Roxy Music, and this is one of their underappreciated classics.)

  • Kal Lis on April 18, 2013 7:37 PM:

    Superman first appeared on April 18, 1938. If a royal wedding makes your list, so should the Man of Steel

  • evodevo on April 18, 2013 10:34 PM:

    Twas the eighteenth of April in seventy-five, hardly a man is now alive ....etc. etc.

  • godoggo on April 19, 2013 2:00 AM:

    Alternative to This Day In History: