Born on this Day in History: April 18, 1947 - Born in Utah, James Woods studied political science at MIT before pursuing a career in acting. He is known for his intensity, intellect and ability to play dark characters. He has received three Emmy Awards for his roles in Promises (1987), My Name is Bill W. (1989) and Citizen Cohn (1992) In 1996, he portrayed the killer of civil rights activist Medgar Evers in Ghosts of Mississippi.
On this Day in History: April 18, 1906 - A devastating earthquake strikes San Francisco at 5:13 a.m., followed by a major aftershock three hours later. More than 3,000 people are killed from either collapsing structures or any of the 59 separate fires which burn over the next three days. In the downtown area, the U.S. Army is forced to dynamite whole city blocks in order to contain the flames, due to the lack of water pressure.