A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1898 · War with the Spanish
After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1906 · Great San Francisco Earthquake
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook San Francisco for approximately 60 seconds on April 18, 1906. A 1906 report by US Army Relief Operations recorded the death toll for San Francisco and surrounding areas at 664. Later reports record the number at over 3,000 deaths. An estimated 225,000 people were left homeless from the widespread destructuction as 80% of the city was destroyed.
1 English: from a Middle English personal name which took various forms: e.g. Perot, Parot, Paret, all pet forms of Peter . The word parrot, denoting the talking bird, is most probably from the personal name (compare robin, which is from a diminutive of Robert ; also jackdaw and magpie). The bird name is most unlikely to be the source of the surname.2 English: possibly a habitational name from North and South Perrott in Somerset, which are named for the river Parret, on which they stand.