On This Day

Historical Events on April 15 (Part 2)

  • 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, accusing 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
Rapper
Snoop Dogg
Rapper Dr. Dre
Rapper
Dr. Dre

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

2012 TV comedy drama "Girls" created by and starring Lena Dunham premieres on HBO

Writer, Actress and Producer Lena Dunham
Writer, Actress and Producer
Lena Dunham
Actor Adam Driver
Actor
Adam Driver
  • 2013 33 people are killed and 163 are injured in a wave of bombings across Iraq

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2013 Nicolás Maduro is narrowly elected President of Venezuela

President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro
President of Venezuela
Nicolás Maduro
  • 2013 Boston Marathon bombings: 3 people are killed and 183 injured after two explosions near the finish line
  • 2013 117th Boston Marathon: Lelisa Desisa Benti of Ethiopia men's winner in 2:10:22; Rita Jeptoo of Kenya wins women's section in 2:26:25

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

2014 US TV series "Fargo" created by Noah Hawley, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, and Martin Freeman premieres on FX

Cinematographer Roger Deakins
Cinematographer
Roger Deakins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015 Laureus World Sports Awards, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Shanghai, China: Sportsman: Novak Đoković; Sportswoman: Genzebe Dibaba; Team: German Men's National Football team

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • 2017 Suicide car bomb targets buses carrying Syrian evacuees at Rashidin, 126 killed including 70 children
  • 2019 123rd Boston Marathon: Lawrence Cherono of Kenya wins in 2:07:58, just 0.1s ahead of Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa; Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia is women's champion in 2:23.31
  • 2019 Measles cases jump 300% in first three months of 2019, according to World Health Organization, largest rise in Africa (700%) with 800 deaths in Madagascar

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 Aretha Franklin posthumously receives the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor, first individual woman to win it since 1930

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin

FranceNotre Dame on Fire

2019 Paris cathedral Notre Dame catches fire, toppling its spire and destroying its roof

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Thirty minutes from collapse, the Notre Dame' towers and belfries were saved
Thirty minutes from collapse, the Notre Dame' towers and belfries were saved
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  • 2019 Los Angeles Clippers overcome an NBA record 31-point deficit to score an improbable 135-131 Game 2 playoff victory over the Golden State Warriors in Oakland; shooting guard Lou Williams 36 points
  • 2019 3 days after winning Hobey Baker Award as top player in college hockey, Cale Makar becomes first defenceman to score in his NHL debut during the playoffs in Colorado's 6-2 Game 3 win over Calgary

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2020 South Korea is 1st country to hold a general election under Coronavirus COVID-19, President Moon Jae-in's ruling Democratic party wins in a landslide

President of South Korea Moon Jae-in
President of South Korea
Moon Jae-in
  • 2020 Revised death count for New York taking into account assumed coronavirus COVID-19 deaths makes the city's per-capita death rate higher than Italy at 10,367
  • 2020 US's deadliest day during COVID-19 pandemic with 2,752 deaths reported