April, 15th. Today in History. Titanic Down!

Mr.Reasonable 2012/04/15 09:44:18
April 15 is the 105th day of the year (106th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 260 days remaining until the end of the year.


1071 – Bari, the last Byzantine possession in southern Italy, is surrendered to Robert Guiscard.

1395 – Tokhtamysh–Timur war: Battle of the Terek River: Timur defeats Tokhtamysh of the Golden Horde at the Volga. The Golden Horde capital city, Sarai, is razed to the ground and Timur installs a puppet ruler on the Golden Horde throne. Tokhtamysh escapes to Lithuania.

1450 – Battle of Formigny: Toward the end of the Hundred Years' War, the French attack and nearly annihilate English forces, ending English domination in Northern France.

1632 – Battle of Rain: Swedes under Gustavus Adolphus defeat the Holy Roman Empire during the Thirty Years' War.

1642 – Irish Confederate Wars: A Confederate Irish militia is routed in the Battle of Kilrush when it attempts to halt the progress of the British Army.

1638 – Tokugawa shogunate forces put down the Shimabara Rebellion when they retake Hara Castle from the rebels.

1715 – Pocotaligo Massacre triggers the start of the Yamasee War in colonial South Carolina.

1738 – Premiere in London, England, Great Britain of Serse, an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel.

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.

1802 – William Wordsworth and his sister, Dorothy see a "long belt" of daffodils, inspiring the former to pen I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.

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 on orders from the Vatican.

1892 –
The General Electric Company is formed.

1896 – Closing ceremony of the Games of the I Olympiad in Athens, Greece.

1900 – Philippine–American War: Filipino guerrillas launch a surprise attack on U.S. infantry and begin a four-day siege of Catubig, Philippines.

1912 – Titanic disaster.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 on order of the vatican jesuits.

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.

1921 – Black Friday: mine owners announce more wage and price cuts, leading to the threat of a strike all across England.

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.

1936 – First day of the Arab revolt in Palestine.

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.

1942 – The George Cross is awarded to "to the island fortress of Malta – its people and defenders" by King George VI.

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

1957 – White Rock, British Columbia officially separates from Surrey, British Columbia and is incorporated as a new city.

1958 –
Walter O'Malley's Los Angeles Dodgers host the first Major League Baseball game played on the West Coast of the United States.

1960 – At Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, Ella Baker leads a conference that results in the creation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, one of the principal organizations of the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.

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.

1979 – A disastrous earthquake (of M 7.1) occurs on Montenegro coast.

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 – Hillsborough disaster: A human crush occurs at Hillsborough Stadium, home of Sheffield Wednesday, in the FA Cup Semi Final, resulting in the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans.

1989 – Upon Hu Yaobang's death, the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 begin in the People's Republic of China.

1992 – The National Assembly of Vietnam adopts the 1992 Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

1994 – Representatives of 124 countries and the European Communities sign the Marrakesh Agreements revising the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and initiating the World Trade Organization (effective January 1, 1995).

2002 – An Air China Boeing 767-200, flight CA129 crashes into a hillside during heavy rain and fog near Busan, South Korea, killing 128.



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  • stevmackey 2012/04/17 04:18:41
    Mr Almanac
  • Stryder 2012/04/15 15:54:46
    1865 – Abraham Lincoln dies without regaining consciousness after being shot the previous evening by actor John Wilkes Booth on orders from the Vatican.

    This isn't history. This is a conspiracy theory.
  • Mr.Reas... Stryder 2012/04/15 16:00:14
    Conpiracy fact.
  • Stryder Mr.Reas... 2012/04/15 16:19:31
    Based on what?
  • Mr.Reas... Stryder 2012/04/15 18:11:33
    Please watch the second video, in the post below. For full disclosure of facts and sources.
  • Stryder Mr.Reas... 2012/04/15 18:34:32
    One man's theory. Sorry, not buying it.
  • Mr.Reas... Stryder 2012/04/15 18:50:00
    A dictionary may help you. You clearly don't understand the definition of neither theory, or fact.
  • Matt Stryder 2012/04/16 04:17:05
    1912 – Titanic disaster.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 on order of the vatican jesuits.

    This post is losing credibility rapidly.
  • Mr.Reas... Matt 2012/04/16 04:43:36
    Watch the videos in the post below if you care to see the proof and know the truth.
  • Andy 2012/04/15 14:10:37
    Titanic and Jackie Robinson...
  • Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2012/04/15 11:34:57
    Good summary of "this day in history." But what's this "Vatican Jesuit" connection to the Titanic? How can you show that?
  • Mr.Reas... Temlako... 2012/04/15 14:52:32
    Watch at least the last 30 mins of video 1. (Forgive the music in beginning and at end.)

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