April 18, 1906
At 5:13 a.m., an earthquake estimated at 8.0 on the Richter scale rocks San Francisco, killing at least 3,000 people and destroying 30,000 buildings.
April 19, 1927
Actress/playwright Mae West is sentenced to 10 days in jail for writing Sex, a Broadway show about a gigolo, deemed “scandalous” by the courts.
April 22, 1937
Jack Nicholson is born in New Jersey. Before winning Oscars, Nicholson worked for MGM replying to fan letters written to cartoon characters Tom and Jerry.