Historical Events on April 15

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  • 69 Battle at Bedriacum, North-Italy
  • 1205 Battle at Adrianople: Bulgaria beats Emp Boudouin of Constantinople
  • 1250 Pope Innoncent III refuses Jews of Cordova, Spain, request to build a synagogue
  • 1250 Kublai is acclaimed the Great Khan by a Mongol Great Council
  • 1450 French defeat English at Battle of Formigny in 100 Years' War

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1493 -20/4 Barcelona] Columbus meets with King Ferdinand & Isabella

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 1528 Pánfilo the Narváez, Spanish conquistador arrives in Florida with 350 men to a hostile reception from native indians

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

1534 Thomas Cromwell is appointed Chief Secretary to King Henry VIII of England

Lawyer and Statesman Thomas Cromwell
Lawyer and Statesman
Thomas Cromwell
King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII

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1581 Cortes van Thomar accepts Philip II as king of Portugal

King of Spain Philip II
King of Spain
Philip II
  • 1594 Fleming Pieter Stevens appointed royal painter of Rudolf II (Prague)
  • 1621 Hugo Grotius arrives in France after escaping prison in a book chest
  • 1632 Battle of Rain; Swedes under Gustavus Adolphus defeat Count Tilly of the Holy Roman Empire during the Thirty Years' War.
  • 1654 England & Netherlands sign peace treaty

BattleDeclaration of War

1689 French King Louis XIV declares war on Spain

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • 1697 Charles XII succeeds Charles XI as King of Sweden
  • 1715 Pocotaligo Massacre triggers the start of the Yamasee War in colonial South Carolina.

  • 1716 Great Northern War: Prussian troops occupy Swedish controlled German port of Wismar

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1729 Johann Sebastian Bach's "St Matthew Passion" premieres in Leipzig

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1738 Premiere in London of "Serse", an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel

  • 1755 Samuel Johnson's "A Dictionary of the English Language" published in London
  • 1776 Duchess of Kingston found guilty of bigamy
  • 1788 Britain, Netherlands & Prussia sign peace treaty
  • 1793 Bank of England issues first £5 note

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1802 William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy see a "long belt" of daffodils, inspiring the former to pen "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud".

  • 1817 1st American school for the deaf opens (Hartford, Connecticut)
  • 1850 City of San Francisco incorporated
  • 1851 Earl G Andressy sentenced to death in Hungary
  • 1853 Protestant church questions king Willem III RC bishops
  • 1858 Battle of Azimghur, Mexicans defeat Spanish loyalists

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1861 Federal army (75,000 volunteers) mobilized by US President Abraham Lincoln (US Civil War)

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • 1864 General Steeles' Union troops occupies Camden, Arkansas

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1865 Otto von Bismarck elevated to rank of Count of Bismarck-Schönhausen

German Statesman Otto von Bismarck
German Statesman
Otto von Bismarck
  • 1865 Abraham Lincoln dies 9 hours after he is shot attending the play "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theatre in Washington
  • 1870 Last day US silver coins allow to circulate in Canada
  • 1874 NY legislature passes compulsory education law

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1874 First 'Impressionist' exhibition opens in Paris, features Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro and Berthe Morisot

Impressionist Painter Claude Monet
Impressionist Painter
Claude Monet
Painter Camille Pissarro
Camille Pissarro
Painter & Sculptor Pierre Auguste Renoir
Painter & Sculptor
Pierre Auguste Renoir
  • 1877 1st telephone installed: Boston-Somerville in Massachusetts
  • 1878 Harley Procter introduces Ivory Soap

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1892 General Electric Company formed by merger of Thomas Edison's General Electric Company with Thomson-Houston Electric Company, arranged by J. P. Morgan and incorporated in NY

Industrialist and Banker J. P. Morgan
Industrialist and Banker
J. P. Morgan
Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison
  • 1895 Josephine Blatt (US) makes hip-and-harness lift of 3564 lb (record)
  • 1896 First modern Olympic games close in Athens, Greece

  • 1900 Exposition Universelle (World's Fair) in Paris opens (till 12th Nov)
  • 1900 An early 50 mile race is won by an electric car in over 2 hrs
  • 1901 1st British motorized burial
  • 1901 Pope Leo XIII issues an allocution deploring hostile actions against the Roman Catholic Church throughout Europe
  • 1902 Pope Leo XIII encyclical "On Church in US"
  • 1902 Rioting and arson continue in Russia with peasants plundering estates to find food.
  • 1902 Russian minister of interior and head of secret police, Sipyengin, is assassinated by the 'Terror Brigade' of the Socialist Revolutionaries
  • 1906 The Armenian organization AGBU is established.
  • 1909 NY Giant Red Ames 2nd no-hitter, loses in 13 on a 7 hitter to Dodgers
  • 1910 William H. Taft is first US President to throw out a 1st ball at a baseball game
  • 1911 Jack Lawrence Theater (Playhouse) opens at 137 W 48th St NYC

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1911 Walter Johnson pitches a record tying 4 strike outs in an inning

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1912 RMS Titanic sinks at 2:27 AM off Newfoundland as the band plays on
  • 1915 Manuel de Falla's ballet "El Amor Brujo" premieres in Madrid
  • 1915 NY Giant Rube Marquard no-hits Bkln, 2-0

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1918 Georges Clémenceau publishes secret French/Austrian documents

Prime Minister of France Georges Clémenceau
Prime Minister of France
Georges Clémenceau
  • 1920 New Canadian small cent coin is released
  • 1920 Sacco & Vanzetti Trial: paymaster shot and killed along with his guard
  • 1921 Black Friday in Britain: leaders of transport and rail unions announce a decision not to call for strike action in support of the miners; despite widespread feeling decision a breach of solidarity and a betrayal of the miners
  • 1922 The legendary Poodle Dog Restaurant closes in San Francisco
  • 1923 1st sound on film public performance shown at Rialto Theater (NYC)
  • 1923 Insulin becomes generally available for diabetics
  • 1924 Flemish-Walloon riots in Louvain, Belgium, 1 dead
  • 1924 WHO-AM in Des Moines Iowa begins radio transmissions
  • 1924 Rand McNally publishes its first road atlas.
  • 1925 NHL's NY Americans (formerly Hamilton Tigers) 1st game, lose 3-1

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1927 Babe Ruth hits 1st of 60 HRs of season (off A's Howard Ehmke)

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1927 Switzerland & USSR agree to diplomatic relations
  • 1928 Alioto's on Fisherman's Wharf (San Francisco) forms
  • 1931 1st backwards walk across American begins
  • 1937 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat NY Rangers, 3 games to 2
  • 1939 Albert Lebrun elected president of France
  • 1940 British troops land at Narvik, Norway
  • 1941 1st helicopter flight of 1 hr duration, Stratford, Ct

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1942 George VI awards George Cross to people of Malta

King of Great Britain George VI
King of Great Britain
George VI
  • 1943 Metropolitan Life Insurances issues a $225 million check to Chase
  • 1945 British Army liberates Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen

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1945 FDR buried in grounds of Hyde Park home

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1945 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Communium interpretes dolorum
  • 1945 US troops occupy concentration camp Colditz

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1947 Jackie Robinson becomes 1st African-American to play in US major league baseball (Dodgers)

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1947 Operations begin at Radio Netherlands World radio
  • 1948 1st Jewish-Arab military battle, arabs defeated
  • 1948 Indian territory of Himachal Pradesh created
  • 1948 KCPX (now KTVX) TV channel 4 in Salt Lake City, UT (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1949 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Redemptoris nostri
  • 1951 Michael Gorsira is 1st person in charge of Curacao
  • 1952 Franklin National Bank issues 1st bank credit card
  • 1952 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings sweep Montreal Canadiens in 4 games
  • 1952 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1952 The maiden flight of the B-52 Stratofortress prototype
  • 1953 Malans National Party wins South African elections
  • 1953 WHP TV channel 21 in Harrisburg, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 KARK TV channel 4 in Little Rock, AR (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 Orioles 1st game in Baltimore beat White Sox 3-1
  • 1954 WHO TV channel 13 in Des Moines, IA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 Yankees dedicate a plaque to Edward Barrow

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1955 Ray Kroc opens first McDonald's Inc. fast food restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois

McDonald's Entrepreneur Ray Kroc
McDonald's Entrepreneur
Ray Kroc
  • 1955 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1957 Congress gives Post Office $41M; restoring Saturday mail delivery
  • 1957 KTVI TV channel 2 in Saint Louis, MO (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 Saturday mail delivery restored after Congress givs PO $41 million

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

1958 10th Emmy Awards: Gunsmoke, Robert Young & Jane Wyatt win

Actress Jane Wyatt
Jane Wyatt
  • 1958 1st baseball game in California, SF Giants beat LA Dodgers, 8-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1959 Fidel Castro begins US goodwill tour

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro

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1959 US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles resigns

US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles
US Secretary of State
John Foster Dulles
  • 1960 Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), organizes at Shaw U
  • 1960 Guy Carawan sings "We Shall Overcome" to a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Raleigh - popularising the song as a protest anthem
  • 1961 "Music Man" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 1375 performances
  • 1962 US national debt above $300,000,000,000

  • 1963 "Sophie" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 1964 Chesapeake Bay Bridge opens (world's longest)

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1965 James Baldwin's "Amen Corner" premieres in NYC

  • 1965 NFL changes penalty flag from white to bright gold
  • 1966 KHET TV channel 11 in Honolulu, HI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1966 Rolling Stones release "Aftermath"
  • 1967 "Wait A Minim!" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 457 performances
  • 1968 Houston Astros beat NY Mets, 1-0, in 24 innings
  • 1969 North Korea shoots at US airplane above Japanese sea
  • 1970 "Cry for Us All" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 1970 Libyan leader Gadaffi launches "Green Revolution"
  • 1970 WMGZ TV channel 16 in Mayaguez, PR ([M]) begins broadcasting
  • 1970 WPSJ TV channel 14 in Ponce, PR ([P]) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 "70, Girls, 70" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 35 performances

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1971 43rd Academy Awards: "Patton", George C Scott & Glenda Jackson win

Music concertMusic Concert

1972 Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Carole King & Quincy Jones perform at a benefit for George McGovern for President

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr
  • 1972 A member of the Official Irish Republican Army is shot dead by British soldiers at Joy Street in the Markets area of Belfast close to his home
  • 1972 A member of the British Army is shot dead by the Official IRA in the Divis area of Belfast.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 2nd Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Mickey Wright

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1974 78th Boston Marathon: Neil Cusack of Ireland 1st man in 2:13:39 and Miki Gorman of United States 1st woman in 2:47:11
  • 1974 Military coup in Niger, president Diori Hamani deposed
  • 1975 1st appearance of San Diego Chicken
  • 1975 Gabon amends constitution
  • 1976 Yankee stadium reopens, Yanks beat Twins after trailing 4-0
  • 1977 1st baseball game at Montreal's Olympic Stadium
  • 1978 43 die as 2 express trains collide head-on south of Bologna, Italy
  • 1978 Great Britain performs nuclear test
  • 1979 43rd Masters Golf Tournament: Fuzzy Zoeller wins, shooting a 280
  • 1979 A disastrous earthquake (of M 7.1) on Montenegro coast.
  • 1981 Janet Cooke says her Pulitzer award winning stry about an 8-year-old heroin addict is a lie, Washington Post relinquishes Pulitzer Prize on fabricated story
  • 1982 Apollo Computer announces DN400, DN420, & landscape display
  • 1983 Tokyo Disneyland opens
  • 1984 "Human Comedy" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 13 performances
  • 1984 48th Masters Golf Tournament: Ben Crenshaw wins, shooting a 277
  • 1984 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA J&B Scotch Pro-Am Golf Tournament
  • 1984 Extremist Sikhs plunder 40 stations in Punjab India
  • 1984 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1985 89th Boston Marathon: Geoff Smith of Great Britain 1st man in 2:14:05 and Lisa Larsen Weidenbach of United States 1st woman in 2:34:06
  • 1985 Challenger moves to launch pad for 51-B missing
  • 1986 US air raids Libya, responding to La Belle disco, Berlin bombing

  • 1986 Viv Richards century off 56 balls v England in Antigua Test Cricket
  • 1986 The United States launches Operation El Dorado Canyon against Libya.
  • 1987 "Barbara Cook: A Concert" opens at Ambassador NYC for 13 performances
  • 1987 Alfred Uhry's "Driving Miss Daisy" premieres in NYC
  • 1988 Meteorite explode above Indonesia
  • 1988 Wendy Wasserstein's "Heidi Chronicles" premieres in NYC
  • 1989 96 crushed to death at Hillsborough Football Stadium, Sheffield England
  • 1989 Students in Beijing pro-democracy protests
  • 1989 Sue Marchiano wins 3rd World Cup female marathon (2:30:48)
  • 1989 Then largest lottery in North America ($69M) drawn in Illinois
  • 1990 "In Living Color" premieres on FOX-TV
  • 1990 Greenidge & Haynes make 298 opening stand (v England), combination best
  • 1991 "Secret Garden" opens at St James Theater NYC for 706 performances
  • 1991 Boston Marathon: Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya wins men's race, 2:11:06; Wanda Panfil of Poland woman's champion, 2:24:18
  • 1991 East-Europe Bank forms in London
  • 1991 Europe foreign ministers lift most remaining sanctions against S Afr
  • 1991 Former child actor Adam Rich charged with burglary

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1991 Magic Johnson sets NBA record for career assistswith 9,898

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • 1991 Maximum NY State unemployment benefits raised to $280 per week
  • 1991 Sacramento Kings set NBA record, losing 35th consecutive game on road
  • 1991 Ton Sijbrands improves world record blind checker games (15 wins)
  • 1992 Billionaire Leona Helmsly is sent to jail for tax evasion

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Jay Leno's final appearance as permanent guest host of Tonight

TV Host and Comedian Jay Leno
TV Host and Comedian
Jay Leno
  • 1992 Lincoln Hospital in Bronx loses its accreditation
  • 1992 NY Islander, Al Arbour, coaches most NHL games (1,438)

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1992 William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy & DeForest Kelley inducted into National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame

  • 1992 The National Assembly of Vietnam adopts the 1992 Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
  • 1994 Indians loses 1st game at Jacobs Field, KC wins 2-1
  • 1994 WMMS-FM's Jeff & Flash, & entire station staff, are fired
  • 1996 "Apple Doesn't Fall" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 1 performance
  • 1996 100th Boston Marathon: Moses Tanui of Kenya 1st man in 2:09:15.9 and Uta Pippig of Germany 1st woman in 2:27:12
  • 1997 America On Line begins service in Japan
  • 1997 Baseball honors Jackie Robinson by retiring #42 for all teams
  • 1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Charlotte NC on WXRC 95.7 FM
  • 1997 Fire sweeps through a campsite of Muslims making the Hajj pilgrimage; the official death toll is 343.

Film release premierFilm Premier

1997 The disaster film "Volcano" directed by Mick Jackson starring Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche premieres in South Korea

Actress Anne Heche
Anne Heche
  • 2000 NFL Draft: Penn State defensive end Courtney Brown first pick by Cleveland Browns
  • 2002 An Air China Boeing 767-200, flight CA129 crashes into a hillside during heavy rain and fog near Busan, South Korea, killing 128.
  • 2002 106th Boston Marathon: Rodgers Rop of Kenya 1st man in 2:09:02 and Margaret Okayo of Kenya 1st woman in 2:20:43
  • 2009 Even though official government sources state that Argentina's GDP will actually grow this year, private consulting firms state that Argentine economy has actually been in recession since October 2008
  • 2010 Volcanic ash from the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland leads to the closure of airspace over most of Europe.
  • 2011 "Black Friday" for online poker in the US: indicment United States v. Scheinberg shuts down sites, accussing companies of fraud and money laundering
  • 2012 400 Islamist Militants escape from a Pakistan prison after an insurgent attack
  • 2012 China loosens monetary policy and allows the Yuan to fluctuate up to 1% against the US dollar
  • 2012 US Secret Service inappropriate conduct scandal begins with at least 11 people implicated

Music concertMusic Concert

2012 Hologram of late rapper Tupac features on stage with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre at Coachella music festival

Rapper Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg
Rapper Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
  • 2013 Boston Marathon bombings: 3 people are killed and 183 injured after two explosions near the finish line
  • 2013 33 people are killed and 163 are injured in a wave of bombings across Iraq
  • 2013 Nicolás Maduro is narrowly elected President of Venezuela