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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

April 15

  • 1775--Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language is published
  • 1817--Gallaudet and Clerc found the American School for the Deaf in Hartford, CT
  • 1865--Abraham Lincoln dies after being shot the previous evening by John Wilkes Booth
  • 1892--The General Electric Company is formed
  • 1912--The RMS Titanic sinks at 2:20 A.M., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg.  Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survive.
  • 1923--Insulin becomes generally available
  • 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
  • 1945--The Bergen-Belsen concentration camp is liberated
  • 1955--McDonalds opens its first franchised restaurant by Ray Kroc in Des Plaines, Illinois
  • 1964--Chesapeake Bay Bridge opens (world's longest)
  • 1969--North Korea shoots down a U.S. Navy aircraft over the Sea of Japan, killing all 31 on board
  • 1973--Walt Disney Store opens
  • 1983--Tokyo Disneyland opens
  • 1989--The Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 begin in the People's Republic of China
  • 1992--Leona Helmsly is sent to jail for tax evasion
  • 2010--Volcanic ash from the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland leads to the closure of airspace over most of Europe
  • Births: Leonardo da Vinci, Catherine the Great, Henry James, Corrie Ten Boom, Nikita Kruschev, Sir Neville Marriner, Roy Clark, Elizabeth Montgomery, Heloise, Dodi Al-Fayed, Emma Thompson, Emma Watson
  • Deaths: Jean-Paul Sartre, Corrie Ten Boom, Greta Garbo, John Jacob Astor


Shelly said...

I guess I'll never forget the day the Titanic sunk now.

Patti said...

An auspicious day upon which to be born. I wouldn't be surprised to find your name on someone else's list of notable people born on that day.

Favorite books

  • Me 'n Steve
  • Thundering Sneakers
  • James Herriott's vet books
  • The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Travels with Charley
  • A Walk in the Woods
  • Peace Like a River
  • The Egg and I
  • Mary Poppins
  • Extremly Loud Incredibly Close
  • How Green Was my Valley