April 15. Traditionally taxes due day. Not this year, since it falls on a Sunday. Here’s what we have from years past…
1755 – Samuel Johnson‘s A Dictionary of the English Language is published in London.
1783 – Preliminary articles of peace ending the American Revolutionary War (or American War of Independence) are ratified.
1817 – Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc founded the American School for the Deaf, the first American school for deaf students, in Hartford, Connecticut.
1865 – Abraham Lincoln dies without regaining consciousness after being shot the previous evening by actor John Wilkes Booth.
1892 – The General Electric Company is formed.
1912 – The British passenger liner, the RMS Titanic, sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two and a half hours after hitting an iceberg. 1,517 people are killed.
1920 – Two security guards are murdered during a robbery in South Braintree, Massachusetts. Anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti would be convicted of and executed for the crime, amid much controversy.
1923 – Insulin becomes generally available for use by people with diabetes.
1924 – Rand McNally publishes its first road atlas.
1927 – The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, the most destructive river flood in U.S. history, begins.
1935 – Roerich Pact signed in Washington, D.C.
1940 – The Allies begin their attack on the Norwegian town of Narvik which is occupied by Nazi Germany.
1941 – In the Belfast Blitz, two-hundred bombers of the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) attack Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom killing one thousand people.
1943 – An Allied bomber attack misses the Minerva automobile factory and hits the Belgian town of Mortsel instead, killing 936 civilians.
1945 – The Bergen-Belsen concentration camp is liberated.
1947 – Jackie Robinson debuts for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking baseball’s color line.
1952 – The maiden flight of the B-52 Stratofortress
1955 – McDonald’s restaurant dates its founding to the opening of a franchised restaurant by Ray Kroc, in Des Plaines, Illinois
1958 – Walter O’Malley‘s Los Angeles Dodgers host the first Major League Baseball game played on the West Coast of the United States.
1969 – The EC-121 shootdown incident: North Korea shoots down a United States Navy aircraft over the Sea of Japan, killing all 31 on board.
1970 – During the Cambodian Civil War, massacres of the Vietnamese minority results in 800 bodies flowing down the Mekong River into South Vietnam.
1986 – The United States launches Operation El Dorado Canyon, its bombing raids against Libyan targets in response to a bombing in West Germany that killed two U.S. servicemen.
1989 – Upon Hu Yaobang‘s death, the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 begin in the People’s Republic of China.
1452 – Leonardo da Vinci, Italian Renaissance polymath (d. 1519)
1933 – Roy Clark, American singer, musician, and television host
1933 – Elizabeth Montgomery, American actress (d. 1995)
1939 – Claudia Cardinale, Tunisian actress
1946 – Michael Tucci, American actor
1954 – Seka, American porn actress
1955 – Dodi Al-Fayed, Egyptian film producer (d. 1997)
1966 – Samantha Fox, English model, singer, and actress
1982 – Seth Rogen, Canadian actor and writer
1621 – John Carver, English merchant, first governor of Plymouth Colony (b. 1576)
1912 – Victims of the RMS Titanic disaster
1990 – Greta Garbo, Swedish actress (b. 1905)
1998 – Pol Pot, Cambodian dictator (b. 1925)