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What Happened on April 15

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Apr 15 in Film & TV

  • 1990 "In Living Color" premieres on FOX-TV

Apr 15 in Music

Apr 15 in Sport

  • 1896 1st modern Summer Olympic Games close in Athens, Greece; USA wins gold medal count, 11; Greece wins total medal count, 46; IOC has retroactively assigned gold, silver & bronze medals to 3 best placed athletes in each event
  • 1947 Jackie Robinson becomes 1st African-American to play in US major league baseball (Dodgers)
  • 1989 96 crushed to death and 766 injured at Hillsborough Football Stadium, Sheffield, England, during FA semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest

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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


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Ray Kroc opens first McDonald's Inc. fast food restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois

On April 15, 1955

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

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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