What Happened on April 15

Significant Events

  • 1755 Samuel Johnson's "A Dictionary of the English Language" published in London
  • 1877 1st telephone installed: Boston-Somerville in Massachusetts
  • 1896 First modern Olympic games close in Athens, Greece
  • 1912 RMS Titanic sinks at 2:27 AM off Newfoundland as the band plays on
  • 1947 Jackie Robinson becomes 1st African-American to play in US major league baseball (Dodgers)
  • 2013 Boston Marathon bombings: 3 people are killed and 183 injured after two explosions near the finish line
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Did You Know?

Guy Carawan sings "We Shall Overcome" to a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Raleigh - popularising the song as a protest anthem

On April 15, 1960

Famous Weddings

  • 1595 Willem I's daughter of Elisabeth of Nassau marries duke Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne of Broth
  • 1909 Mien Wenneker, Dutch prince Henry's lover, weds Uncle Cornelis Abbo
  • 1925 Russian writer ("Lolita") Vladimir Nabokov (26) marries fellow Russian writer Vera Evseevna Slonim (23) in Berlin
  • 1953 Ice hockey player Gordie Howe (25) weds sports agent Colleen Joffa (20) at Calvary Presbyterian Church
  • 1978 Novelist Danielle Steel (30) weds William George Toth

Famous Divorces

  • 1994 Robert F Kennedy Jr (21 days after his divorce) weds Mary Richardson
  • 2011 Grammy-winning pop singer Christina Aguilera (29) divorces music executive Jordan Bratman (33) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage
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