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April 15: Fun Facts about Today in History


Today in History


On April 15, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts from across history. The 105th day of the Gregorian calendar is April 15th; it is the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s death, and insulin becomes widely available.

The 15th of April falls under the sign of Aries. Emma Thompson, Chris Stapleton, Seth Rogen, Emma Watson, and Cody Christian all have famous birthdays. The 15th of April is also National Laundry Day.

Event

(April 15, 1912)
The British luxury passenger liner Titanic sank on route to New York City from Southampton, Hampshire, England, on this day in 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage; 1,500 people died.

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(April 15, 1955)
In Des Plaines, Illinois, American fast-food pioneer Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald's franchise, starting what would become the world's largest fast-food chain.

(April 15, 1989)
A crush of football (soccer) fans resulted in 96 deaths and hundreds of injuries at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England; police faults were ultimately blamed for the disaster.

(April 15, 2013)
Two homemade bombs were detonated amid a gathering of spectators near the finish line of the Boston Marathon; three persons were killed and more than 260 were injured in the terrorist attack.

(Died on April 15, 2018)
Vittorio Taviani, Italian film director and screenwriter (b. 1929).

(April 15, 2019)
During a renovation project, the mediaeval Notre-Dame de Paris caught fire, destroying the cathedral's roof, 19th-century spire, and some rib vaulting.

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Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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