On This Day

On This Day in History for April 15 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1978 43 die as 2 express trains collide head-on south of Bologna, Italy
  • 1978 Great Britain performs nuclear test
  • 1979 A disastrous earthquake (of M 7.1) on Montenegro coast.
  • 1981 Janet Cooke says her Pulitzer award-winning story 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
  • 1984 Extremist Sikhs plunder 40 stations in Punjab India
  • 1984 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1985 Challenger moves to launch pad for 51-B missing
  • 1986 US air raids Libya, responding to La Belle disco, Berlin bombing
  • 1986 The United States launches Operation El Dorado Canyon against Libya.
  • 1987 Alfred Uhry's "Driving Miss Daisy" premieres in NYC
  • 1988 Meteorite explode above Indonesia
  • 1988 Wendy Wasserstein's play "Heidi Chronicles" premieres in NYC
  • 1989 Students in Beijing pro-democracy protests
  • 1989 Then largest lottery in North America ($69M) drawn in Illinois
  • 1990 Greenidge & Haynes make 298 opening stand (v England), combination best

  • 1991 East-Europe Bank forms in London
  • 1991 Europe foreign ministers lift most remaining sanctions against South Africa
  • 1991 New York State raises maximum unemployment benefits to $280 per week
  • 1991 Dutch checker Ton Sijbrands improves world record blind checker games (15 wins)
  • 1992 Billionaire Leona Helmsley is sent to jail for tax evasion
  • 1992 Lincoln Hospital in Bronx. New York loses its accreditation
  • 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
  • 1997 America On Line begins service in Japan
  • 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.
  • 2002 An Air China Boeing 767-200, flight CA129 crashes into a hillside during heavy rain and fog near Busan, South Korea, killing 128.
  • 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: indictment 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
  • 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
  • 2017 Suicide car bomb targets buses carrying Syrian evacuees at Rashidin, 126 killed including 70 children
  • 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

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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Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2020 South Korea is 1st country to hold a general election under 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 COVID-19 deaths makes the city's per-capita death rate higher than Italy at 10,367 at this date
  • 2020 US's deadliest day during COVID-19 pandemic with 2,752 deaths reported
  • 2021 "the failed response in Brazil has caused a humanitarian catastrophe" reports Dr. Christos Christou, president of Doctors Without Borders, as country records a quarter of world's COVID-19 deaths in last week [1]
  • 2021 India record over 200,000 (200,739) daily new cases of COVID-19 for the first time with 1,038 deaths amid massive second wave
  • 2021 Ivory Coast court in Abidjanv sentences former warlord Amadé Ouérémi to a life sentence for massacres by his militia after the 2010 election
  • 2021 A shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, leaves eight dead and five injured

Birthdays in History

  • 1960 Marvin Clyde Goodwin, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Person of interestPhilippe of Belgium

1960 Philippe of Belgium, King of the Belgians (2013-), born in Brussels, Belgium

King of Belgium Philippe of Belgium
King of Belgium
Philippe of Belgium
  • 1965 Soichi Noguchi, japanese astronaut, born in Yokohama, Japan
  • 1966 Chai Ling, Chinese dissident (All Girls Allowed) and one of the student leaders of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, born in Rizhao, Shandong, China
  • 1981 Seth Wulsin, American artist

Weddings in History

Divorces in History

Deaths in History