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On this day: April 18

POSTED: 01:57 PM PDT Apr 16, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Apr 17, 2014 

Paul Revere rides, an earthquake and fires ravage San Francisco, Albert Einstein dies, Grace Kelly becomes a princess, and the U.S. embassy in Beirut is hit by a deadly car bomb, all on this day.

OTD April 18 - Bill Russell
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1966: Boston Celtics center Bill Russell is named player/coach of the team, becoming the first black coach in NBA history. The Celtics' championship streak ended at eight during the 1966-67 season at the hands of Wilt Chamberlain's Philadelphia 76ers, but Russell would guide the Celtics to two more titles in 1967-68 and 1968-69, the 10th and 11th NBA championships of his 13-year career with the team. Russell (seen here in 2011) went on to coach the Seattle SuperSonics for four seasons between 1973 and 1977 and coached the Sacramento Kings for part of the 1987-88 season.

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