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Notable Historical Events on April 15th

1927Babe Ruth hits 1st of 60 HRs of season (off A's Howard Ehmke)

1534Thomas Cromwell is appointed Chief Secretary to King Henry VIII

1992William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy & DeForest Kelley inducted into National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame

1689French King Louis XIV declares war on Spain

19732nd Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Mickey Wright

1972Barbra Striesand, James Taylor, Carole King & Quincy Jones perform at a benefit for George McGovern for President

1865Otto Von Bismarck elevated to rank of Count of Bismarck-Schönhausen

1991Magic Johnson sets NBA record for career assistswith 9,898

1945FDR buried on grounds of Hyde Park home

1493-20/4 Barcelona] Columbus meets with King Ferdinand & Isabella

1729Johann Sebastian Bach's "St Matthew Passion" premieres in Leipzig

1997Baseball honors Jackie Robinson by retiring #42 for all teams

1955Ray Kroc starts McDonald's chain of fast food restaurants (Illinois)

1959Fidel Castro begins US goodwill tour

1911Walter Johnson pitches a record tying 4 strike outs in an inning

195810th Emmy Awards: Gunsmoke, Robert Young & Jane Wyatt win

1947Jackie Robinson becomes 1st African-American to play in US major league baseball (Dodgers)

1738Premiere in London of "Serse", an Italian opera by George Frederic Handel.

April 15th Historical Events
Date Event
69
Battle at Bedriacum, North-Italy 
1205
Battle at Adrianople: Bulgaria beats Emp Boudouin of Constantinople 
1250
Pope Innoncent III refuses Jews of Cordova Spain to build a synagogue 
1450
French defeat English at Battle of Formigny in 100 Years' War 
1493
-20/4 Barcelona] Columbus meets with King Ferdinand & Isabella 
1528
Pánfilo the Narváez, Spanish conquistador arrives in Florida with 350 men to a hostile reception from native indians 
1534
Thomas Cromwell is appointed Chief Secretary to King Henry VIII 
1581
Cortes van Thomar accepts Philip II as king of Portugal 
1594
Fleming Pieter Stevens appointed royal painter of Rudolf II (Prague) 
1621
Hugo the Great arrives in France 
1632
Battle of Rain; Swedes under Gustavus Adolphus defeat Count Tilly of the Holy Roman Empire during the Thirty Years' War. 
1654
England & Netherlands sign peace treaty 
1689
French King Louis XIV declares war on Spain 
1697
Charles XII succeeds Charles XI as King of Sweden 
1715
Pocotaligo Massacre triggers the start of the Yamasee War in colonial South Carolina. 
1716
Russian & Prussian troops occupy Wismar 
1729
Johann Sebastian Bach's "St Matthew Passion" premieres in Leipzig 
1738
Bottle opener invented 
1738
Premiere in London of "Serse", an Italian opera by George Frederic Handel
1755
Samuel Johnson's "A Dictionary of the English Language" published in London. 
1776
Duchess of Kingston found guilty of bigamy 
1788
Britain, Netherlands & Prussia sign peace treaty 
1793
Bank of England hands out first £5 note 
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
1st American school for the deaf opens (Hartford Conn) 
1850
City of San Francisco incorporated 
1851
Earl G Andressy sentenced to death in Hungary 
1853
Protestant church questions king Willem III RC bishops 
1858
Battle of Azimghur, Mexicans defeat Spanish loyalists 
1861
Federal army (75,000 volunteers) mobilized by US President Lincoln (US Civil War) 
1864
General Steeles' Union troops occupies Camden, Arkansas 
1865
Otto Von Bismarck elevated to rank of Count of Bismarck-Schönhausen 
1870
Last day US silver coins allow to circulate in Canada 
1874
NY legislature passes compulsory education law 
1877
1st telephone installed: Boston-Somerville, Mass 
1878
Harley Procter introduces Ivory Soap 
1892
General Electric Company, forms & is incorporated in NY 
1895
Josephine Blatt (US) makes hip-and-harness lift of 3564 lb (record) 
1896
1st Olympic games close at Athens, Greece 
1900
Exposition Universelle/World Fair opens in Paris (till 12th Nov) 
1900
An early 50 mile race is won by an electric car in over 2 hrs 
1901
1st British motorized burial 
1901
Pope Leo XIII issues an allocution deploring hostile actions against the Roman Catholic Church throughout Europe 
1902
Pope Leo XIII encyclical "On Church in US" 
1902
Rioting and arson continue in Russia with peasants plundering estates to find food. 
1902
Russian minister of interior and head of secret police, Sipyengin, is assassinated by the 'Terror Brigade' of the Socialist Revolutionaries 
1906
The Armenian organization AGBU is established. 
1909
NY Giant Red Ames 2nd no-hitter, loses in 13 on a 7 hitter to Dodgers 
1910
Taft is 1st pres to throw out a 1st ball at a baseball game 
1911
Jack Lawrence Theater (Playhouse) opens at 137 W 48th St NYC 
1911
Walter Johnson pitches a record tying 4 strike outs in an inning 
1912
RMS Titanic sinks at 2:27 AM off Newfoundland as band plays on 
1915
Manuel de Falla's ballet "El Amor Brujo" premieres in Madrid 
1915
NY Giant Rube Marquard no-hits Bkln, 2-0 
1918
Clemenceau publishes secret French/Austrian documents 
1920
New Canadian small cent coin is released 
1921
Black Friday in Britain: leaders of transport and rail unions announce a decision not to call for strike action in support of the miners; the epithet 'black' derives from a widespread feeling that the decision amounted to a breach of solidarity and a betrayal of the miners 
1922
Banting, MacLeod & Best discover insulin 
1922
The legendary Poodle Dog Restaurant closes in San Francisco 
1923
1st sound on film public performance shown at Rialto Theater (NYC) 
1923
Insulin becomes generally available for diabetics 
1924
Flemish-Walloon riots in Louvain, Belgium, 1 dead 
1924
WHO-AM in Des Moines Iowa begins radio transmissions 
1924
Rand McNally publishes its first road atlas. 
1925
NHL's NY Americans (formerly Hamilton Tigers) 1st game, lose 3-1 
1927
Babe Ruth hits 1st of 60 HRs of season (off A's Howard Ehmke) 
1927
Switzerland & USSR agree to diplomatic relations 
1928
Alioto's on Fisherman's Wharf (SF) forms 
1931
1st walk across American backwards begins 
1937
Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat NY Rangers, 3 games to 2 
1939
Albert Lebrun elected president of France 
1940
British troops land at Narvik, Norway 
1941
1st helicopter flight of 1 hr duration, Stratford, Ct 
1942
George VI awards George Cross to people of Malta 
1943
Metropolitan Life Insurances issues a $225 million check to Chase 
1945
British Army liberates Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen 
1945
FDR buried on grounds of Hyde Park home 
1945
Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Communium interpretes dolorum 
1945
US troops occupy concentration camp Colditz 
1947
Jackie Robinson becomes 1st African-American to play in US major league baseball (Dodgers) 
1947
Operations begin at Radio Netherlands World radio 
1948
1st Jewish-Arab military battle, arabs defeated 
1948
Indian territory of Himachal Pradesh created 
1948
KCPX (now KTVX) TV channel 4 in Salt Lake City, UT (ABC) 1st broadcast 
1949
Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Redemptoris nostri 
1951
Michael Gorsira is 1st person in charge of Curacao 
1952
1st B-52 prototype test flight 
1952
Franklin National Bank issues 1st bank credit card 
1952
Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings sweep Montreal Canadiens in 4 games 
1952
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1952
The maiden flight of the B-52 Stratofortress 
1953
Malans National Party wins South African elections 
1953
WHP TV channel 21 in Harrisburg, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting 
1954
KARK TV channel 4 in Little Rock, AR (NBC) begins broadcasting 
1954
Orioles 1st game in Baltimore beat White Sox 3-1 
1954
WHO TV channel 13 in Des Moines, IA (NBC) begins broadcasting 
1954
Yankees dedicate a plaque to Edward Barrow 
1955
Ray Kroc starts McDonald's chain of fast food restaurants (Illinois) 
1955
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1956
Marlene Bauer wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open 
1957
Congress gives Post Office $41M; restoring Saturday mail delivery 
1957
KTVI TV channel 2 in Saint Louis, MO (ABC) begins broadcasting 
1957
Saturday mail delivery restored after Congress givs PO $41 million 
1958
10th Emmy Awards: Gunsmoke, Robert Young & Jane Wyatt win 
1958
1st baseball game in California, SF Giants beat LA Dodgers, 8-0 
1959
Fidel Castro begins US goodwill tour 
1959
US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles resigns 
1960
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), organizes at Shaw U 
1961
"Music Man" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 1375 performances 
1962
US national debt above $300,000,000,000 
1963
"Sophie" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 8 performances 
1964
Chesapeake Bay Bridge opens (world's longest) 
1964
Ian Smith becomes premier of Rhodesia 
1965
James Baldwin's "Amen Corner" premieres in NYC 
1965
NFL changes penalty flag from white to bright gold 
1966
KHET TV channel 11 in Honolulu, HI (PBS) begins broadcasting 
1966
Rolling Stones release "Aftermath" 
1967
"Wait A Minim!" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 457 perfs 
1968
Houston Astros beat NY Mets, 1-0, in 24 innings 
1969
North Korea shoots at US airplane above Japanese sea 
1970
"Cry for Us All" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 8 performances 
1970
Libyan leader Gadaffi launches "Green Revolution" 
1970
WMGZ TV channel 16 in Mayaguez, PR ([M]) begins broadcasting 
1970
WPSJ TV channel 14 in Ponce, PR ([P]) begins broadcasting 
1971
"70, Girls, 70" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 35 performances 
1971
43rd Academy Awards - "Patton", George C Scott & Glenda Jackson win 
1972
Barbra Striesand, James Taylor, Carole King & Quincy Jones perform at a benefit for George McGovern for President 
1972
A member of the Official Irish Republican Army is shot dead by British soldiers at Joy Street in the Markets area of Belfast close to his home 
1972
A member of the British Army is shot dead by the Official IRA in the Divis area of Belfast. 
1973
2nd Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Mickey Wright 
1973
Walt Disney Story opens 
1974
3rd Boston Women's Marathon won by Miki Gorman of California in 2:47:11 
1974
78th Boston Marathon won by Neil Cusack of Ireland in 2:13:39 
1974
Military coup in Niger, president Diori Hamani deposed 
1975
1st appearance of San Diego Chicken 
1975
Gabon amends constitution 
1975
Penguins 3-Isles 1-Quarterfinals-Penguins hold 2-0 lead 
1976
Yankee stadium reopens, Yanks beat Twins after trailing 4-0 
1977
1st baseball game at Montreal's Olympic Stadium 
1978
43 die as 2 express trains collide head-on south of Bologna, Italy 
1978
Great Britain performs nuclear test 
1979
43rd Golf Masters Championship: Fuzzy Zoeller wins, shooting a 280 
1979
A disastrous earthquake (of M 7.1) on Montenegro coast. 
1981
Janet Cooke says her Pulitzer award 8-year-old heroin addict story is a lie, Wash Post relinquishes Pulitzer Prize on fabricated story 
1982
Apollo Computer announces DN400, DN420, & landscape display 
1983
Rangers 0-Isles 5-Patrick Div Finals-Isles hold 2-0 lead 
1983
Tokyo Disneyland opens 
1984
"Human Comedy" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 13 performances 
1984
48th Golf Masters Championship: Ben Crenshaw wins, shooting a 277 
1984
Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA J&B Scotch Pro-Am Golf Tournament 
1984
Extremist Sikhs plunder 40 stations in Punjab India 
1984
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1985
14th Boston Women's Marathon won by Lisa Larsen Weidenbach in 2:34:06 
1985
89th Boston Marathon won by Geoff Smith of Great Britain in 2:14:05 
1985
Challenger moves to launch pad for 51-B missing 
1986
US air raids Libya, responding to La Belle disco, Berlin bombing 
1986
Viv Richards century off 56 balls v England in Antigua Test Cricket 
1986
The United States launches Operation El Dorado Canyon against Libya. 
1987
"Barbara Cook: A Concert..." opens at Ambassador NYC for 13 perfs 
1987
Alfred Uhry's "Driving Miss Daisy" premieres in NYC 
1988
Meteorite explode above Indonesia 
1988
Wendy Wasserstein's "Heidi Chronicles" premieres in NYC 
1989
96 crushed to death at Hillsborough Football Stadium, Sheffield England 
1989
Students in Beijing pro-democracy protests 
1989
Sue Marchiano wins 3rd World Cup female marathon (2:30:48) 
1989
Then largest lottery in North America ($69M) drawn in Illinois 
1990
"In Living Color" premieres on FOX-TV 
1990
Greenidge & Haynes make 298 opening stand (v Eng), their best 
1991
"Secret Garden" opens at St James Theater NYC for 706 performances 
1991
20th Boston Women's Marathon won by Wanda Panfil of Poland in 2:24:18 
1991
95th Boston Marathon won by Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya in 2:11:06 
1991
East-Europe Bank forms in London 
1991
Europe foreign ministers lift most remaining sanctions against S Afr 
1991
Former child actor Adam Rich charged with burglary 
1991
Magic Johnson sets NBA record for career assistswith 9,898 
1991
Maximum NY State unemployment benefits raised to $280 per week 
1991
Sacramento Kings set NBA record, losing 35th consecutive game on road 
1991
Ton Sijbrands improves world record blind checker games (15 wins) 
1992
Billionaire Leona Helmsly is sent to jail for tax evasion 
1992
Jay Leno's final appearance as permanent guest host of Tonight 
1992
Lincoln Hospital in Bronx loses its accreditation 
1992
NY Islander, Al Arbour, coaches most NHL games (1,438) 
1992
William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy & DeForest Kelley inducted into National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame 
1992
The National Assembly of Vietnam adopts the 1992 Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. 
1994
Indians loses 1st game at Jacobs Field, KC wins 2-1 
1994
WMMS-FM's Jeff & Flash, & entire station staff, are fired 
1996
"Apple Doesn't Fall" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 1 performance 
1996
100th Boston Marathon won by Moses Tanui of Kenya in 2:09:15.9 
1996
25th Boston Women's Marathon won by Uta Pippig of Germany in 2:27:12.6 
1997
America On Line, begins service in Japan 
1997
Baseball honors Jackie Robinson by retiring #42 for all teams 
1997
Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Charlotte NC on WXRC 95.7 FM 
1997
Fire sweeps through a campsite of Muslims making the Hajj pilgrimage; the official death toll is 343. 
2002
An Air China Boeing 767-200, flight CA129 crashes into a hillside during heavy rain and fog near Busan, South Korea, killing 128. 
2009
Even though official government sources state that Argentina's GDP will actually grow this year, private consulting firms state that Argentine economy has actually been in recession since October 2008 
2010
Volcanic ash from the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland leads to the closure of airspace over most of Europe. 
2012
400 Islamist Militants escape from a Pakistan prison after an insurgent attack 
2012
China loosens monetary policy and allows the Yuan to fluctuate up to 1% against the US dollar 
2012
US Secret Service inappropriate conduct scandal begins with at least 11 people implicated 
2013
3 people are killed and 183 are injured after two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon 
2013
33 people are killed and 163 are injured in a wave of bombings across Iraq 
2013
Nicolás Maduro is narrowly elected President of Venezuela 
2016
China Blasts New US-Philippine Military Cooperation 
2016
Colombia Reports First Cases of Microcephaly Linked to Zika Virus 
2016
Strong quake in Japan kills at least nine, nuclear plants safe 
2016
China says enhanced US-Philippine military ties invoke 'Cold War mentality' 
2016
NY Post endorses Donald Trump for president 
2017
Georgia Officers are Fired After Kicking Man at Traffic Stop 
2017
North Korea rolls out heavy artillery in giant military parade 
2017
Court blocks Arkansas from using lethal injection drug 
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