April 15: The Titanic sinks, Abraham Lincoln dies, bombs explode at the Boston Marathon – today in history

Today is Friday, April 15, the 105th day of 2022. There are 260 days left in the year.

Today’s high point in history

On April 15, 1912, the British luxury liner RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland more than 2.5 hours after hitting an iceberg; 1,514 people died, while less than half survived.

To this date

In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln died nine hours after being shot the day before by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater in Washington; Andrew Johnson became the country’s 17th president.

In 1892, General Electricity Company.formed by the merger of Edison Electric Light Co. and other companies, was incorporated in Schenectady, New York.

In 1945, during World War II, British and Canadian troops liberated the Nazi concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who died April 12, was buried at the Roosevelt family home in Hyde Park, New York.

In 1947, Jackie Robinson, the first black Major League Baseball player of the modern era, made his official debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers on Opening Day at Ebbets Field. (The Dodgers beat the Boston Braves, 5-3.)


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In 1955, Ray Kroc opened the first franchised McDonald’s restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois.

In 1974, members of the Symbionese Liberation Army robbed a branch of Hibernia Bank in San Francisco; a member of the group was the victim of an abduction by the SLA Patricia Heart, who at that time was called “Tania” (Hearst later said she was forced to participate).

In 1989, 96 people died in a crush of football fans at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England. Beijing students have launched a series of pro-democracy protests; the protests culminated in a government crackdown in Tiananmen Square.

In 1998, Pol Pot, the notorious leader of the Khmer Rouge, has died aged 72, escaping prosecution for the deaths of 2 million Cambodians.

In 2009, stoked by conservative commentators and bloggers, tens of thousands of protesters staged “the teas” across the country to tap into the collective angst over a bad economy, government spending and bailouts.

In 2013, two bombs made from pressure cookers exploded in Boston Marathon finish line, killing two women and an 8-year-old boy and injuring more than 260. Suspected suicide bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a shootout with police; his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was tried, found guilty and sentenced to death. (A federal appeals court overturned the death penalty, but the Supreme Court reinstated it in March 2022.)

In 2019, a fire swept through the top of the Notre-Dame cathedral as the burgeoning Paris landmark underwent renovations; the fire collapsed the cathedral’s spire and spread to one of its iconic rectangular towers, but firefighters said the church structure was saved.

In 2020, the government reported that the country’s industrial production in March recorded its biggest drop since the United States demobilized at the end of World War II as factories closed amid the coronavirus outbreak. The Treasury Department has confirmed that, in an unprecedented move, President Donald Trump the name would appear on the stimulus checks the IRS would send to tens of millions of Americans.

Ten years ago: North Korea’s new leader, Kim Jong Un, gave his first public speech since taking power on the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, last December, portraying himself as a strong military leader unafraid of foreign powers. Passengers and crew of the cruise ship MS Balmoral said prayers at the spot in the North Atlantic where the Titanic sank 100 years earlier.

Five years ago: North Korea paraded its intercontinental ballistic missiles in a massive military display in central Pyongyang as he celebrated the 1912 birthday of the country’s founder, Kim Il Sung, as his grandson, Kim Jong Un, looked on delightedly.

One year ago: Eight people were shot dead at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis by a former FedEx employee who later committed suicide. The White House announced the expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats and sanctions against dozens of people and companies; the measures were to hold the Kremlin accountable for interfering in the 2020 presidential election and the solar winds cyber hacking of federal government agencies. Defense at Minneapolis murder trial of former officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd rested his case without putting Chauvin on the stand.

Today’s birthdays

Actress Claudia Cardinale is 84 years old. Author and politician Jeffrey Archer is 82 years old. Rock singer-guitarist Dave Edmunds is 79 years old. Actor Michael Tucci is 76 years old. Actor Lois Chiles is 75 years old. Writer-producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason is 75. Actress Amy Wright is 72 years old. The columnist Heloise is 71 years old. Actor Sam McMurray is 70 years old. Actress-screenwriter Emma Thompson is 63 years old. Bluegrass musician Jeff Parker is 61 years old. Singer Samantha Fox is 56 years old. Olympic gold, silver and bronze medalist swimmer Dara Torres is 55 years old. ‘Brien (Radiohead) is 54 years old. Actor Flex Alexander is 52 years old. Actor Danny Pino is 48 years old. Actor Douglas Spain is 48 years old. Country singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton is 44 years old. Actor Luke Evans is 43 years old. Rock musician Patrick Carney (The Black Keys) is 42 years old. Rock musician Zach Carothers (Portugal. The Man) is 41 years old. Actor-writer Seth Rogen is 40 years old. Actor Alice Braga is 39 years old. American singer-songwriter Margo Price is 39 years old. Rock musician De’Mar Hamilton (Plain White T’s) is 38 years old. Actress Samira Wiley is 35 years old. Actress Leonie Elliott is 34 years old. Actress Emma Watson is 32. Actor Maisie Williams is 25.

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