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This Week in History

The First of Many, A Daring Raid, The Western Frontier and Another Home Run Hitter

-- On April 18, 1923: The original Yankee Stadium (aka "the house that Ruth built") was officially opened with a New York Yankees 4-1 win over the Boston Red Sox. During the game, Babe Ruth hit a three-run home run. The 1923 season was exciting for Yankees fans as the team also won its first World Series that year.

-- On April 18, 1942: The daring Doolittle Raid, planned and led by Lt. Col. James Doolittle, began when 16 planes carrying 80 men took off from the deck of the USS Hornet, located approximately 650 miles from Japan, on a World War II mission. The aircrafts were able to hit military and industrial targets in Tokyo and other Japanese cities. The Doolittle Raid provided a valuable boost to American morale during the war. Three Doolittle Raiders were killed in action, two drowned after crash-landing in the ocean, and eight men were captured in China by the Japanese, with three of the captured being executed and one dying in captivity; the remaining four were freed by American troops in August 1945.

-- On April 23, 1953: The film Shane, starring Alan Ladd and Jean Arthur, premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New York. For the premier, the studio replaced the music hall's 34 x 25-foot screen with a 50 x 30-foot screen. The movie takes place not long after the end of the Civil War. Shane is a drifter with a mysterious past who arrives in the Wyoming Territory and is hired as a farmhand by a homesteader family who is being threatened by a cattle baron. The film is known for its beautiful landscapes and won an Academy Award™ for best cinematography.

-- On April 23, 1954: Hank Aaron hit his first major league baseball home run for the Milwaukee Braves in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Aaron would eventually eclipse Babe Ruth's home run record of 714 home runs by hitting a total of 755 home runs during his Hall of Fame career.

-- Compiled by M. Moeller

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