Today in history

Today in history. 15 April 2024

  1. 1450: French poet and writer François Villon was born.
  2. 1715: Queen Anne of Great Britain passed away.
  3. 1865: President Abraham Lincoln of the United States was assassinated.
  4. 1892: American artist Wallace Tripp was born.
  5. 1912: The RMS Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg.
  6. 1923: English author Henry James passed away.
  7. 1933: The United States went off the gold standard under President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  8. 1947: Jackie Robinson became the first African-American player in Major League Baseball.
  9. 1955: The first McDonald's restaurant was opened by Ray Kroc in Des Plaines, Illinois.
  10. 1986: The United States launched airstrikes against Libya in response to a discotheque bombing in Berlin.
  11. 1989: The Hillsborough disaster occurred during a football match in Sheffield, England.
  12. 1998: Pol Pot, the leader of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, died.
  13. 2013: Two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, causing casualties and injuries.
  14. 2014: Over 200 schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria.
  15. 2019: The Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris caught fire, causing significant damage to the historic structure.
  16. 1912: The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic Ocean after hitting an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City.
  17. 1943: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising against Nazi occupation in Poland began.
  18. 1952: The maiden flight of the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress took place.
  19. 1979: The Damaged nuclear reactor at Three Mile Island near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania led to a partial meltdown of the core.
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