April 15 Events in History - April 15 Birthdays - April 15 Deaths
2015 Nokia announces that it will purchase Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion, creating the second-largest manufacturer of mobile communication products behind Ericsson
2014 A total lunar eclipse takes place tonight; the eclipse will be visible in North and South America, New Zealand, Australia and nearby regions; the next total lunar eclipse will take place on October 8, 2014
2014 Google publicly offers Google Glass for the first time in a one-day online sale at $1,500 apiece
2013 Muslim terrorists set off two explosions near the finish line at the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts, killing 3, injuring 183 people, and at least 15 requiring amputations
2013 Two hours before the Boston Marathon bombings occur, Ethiopian long-distance runner Lelisa Desisa wins the Boston Marathon, with a time of 2:10:22
2012 Ceremonies and special events marking the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic are help around the world
2012 China allows the yuan to fluctuate up to 1% from 0.5%, in trading against the U.S. dollar
2011 Each household within the exclusion zone of the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant will receive 1 million yen from the Tokyo Electric Power Company
2011 In a Schrodinger's cat experiment, researchers in Japan and Australia successfully teleport wave packets of light; this is the first transfer of quantum information from one point to another
2010 Roza Otunbayeva says Kyrgyzstan's ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev must stand trial over riots; gunfire disrupts a rally in support of the former President in the city of Osh
2002 Air China flight 129 crashes into a mountain near Pusan, South Korea killing 128
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 North Carolina on WXRC 95.7 FM
1996 "Apple Doesn't Fall" closes at Lyceum Theater New York City 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
1994 Indians loses 1st game at Jacobs Field, Kansas City wins 2-1
1994 Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (21 days after his divorce) weds Mary Richardson
1994 WMMS-FM's Jeff and Flash, and entire station staff, are fired
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 New York Islander, Al Arbour, coaches most NHL games (1,438)
1992 William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley inducted into National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame
1991 "Secret Garden" opens at St. James Theater New York City 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 South Africa
1991 Former child actor Adam Rich charged with burglary
1991 Magic Johnson sets NBA record for career assistswith 9,898
1991 Maximum New York 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)
1990 "In Living Color" premieres on FOX-TV
1990 Greenidge and Haynes make 298 opening stand (v Eng), their best
1989 96 crushed to death at Sheffield Soccer Stadium in England
1989 South African/British Olympic runner Zola Budd marries
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
1988 Meteorite exploded above Indonesia
1988 Wendy Wasserstein's "Heidi Chronicles," premieres in New York City
1987 "Barbara Cook: A Concert..." opens at Ambassador New York City for 13 performances
1987 Alfred Uhry's "Driving Miss Daisy," premieres in New York City
1986 U.S. air raids Libya, responding to La Belle disco, Berlin bombing
1986 Viv Richards century off 56 balls vs. England in Antigua Test Cricket
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 mission
1985 South Africa will repeal sex and marriage laws against whites and non-whites
1984 "Human Comedy" closes at Royale Theater New York City 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 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1983 Rangers 0-Isles 5-Patrick Div Finals-Isles hold 2-0 lead
1983 Tokyo Disneyland opens
1982 Apollo Computer announces DN400, DN420, and landscape display
1981 Janet Cooke says her Pulitzer award 8-year-old heroin addict story is a lie, Washington Post relinquishes Pulitzer Prize on fabricated story
1979 43rd Golf Masters Championship: Fuzzy Zoeller wins, shooting a 280
1978 43 die as 2 express trains collide head-on south of Bologna, Italy
1978 Great Britain performs nuclear test
1977 1st baseball game at Montreal's Olympic Stadium
1976 Yankee stadium reopens, Yankees beat Twins after trailing 4-0
1975 1st appearance of San Diego Chicken
1975 Gabon amends constitution
1975 Penguins 3-Isles 1-Quarterfinals-Penguins hold 2-0 lead
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
1973 2nd Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Mickey Wright
1973 Walt Disney Store opens
1972 Barbra Striesand, James Taylor, Carole King and Quincy Jones perform at a benefit for George McGovern for President
1971 "70, Girls, 70" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 35 performances
1971 43rd Academy Awards - "Patton," George C Scott and Glenda Jackson win
1970 "Cry for Us All" closes at Broadhurst Theater New York City after 8 performances
1970 Libyan leader Gadaffi launches "Green Revolution"
1970 WMGZ TV channel 16 in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, begins broadcasting
1970 WPSJ TV channel 14 in Ponce, Puerto Rico, begins broadcasting
1969 North Korea shoots at U.S. airplane above Japanese sea
1968 Houston Astros beat New York Mets, 1-0, in 24 innings
1967 "Wait A Minim!" closes at John Golden Theater New York City after 457 performances
1966 KHET TV channel 11 in Honolulu, HI (PBS) begins broadcasting
1966 Rolling Stones release "Aftermath"
1965 James Baldwin's "Amen Corner," premieres in New York City
1965 NFL changes penalty flag from white to bright gold
1964 Chesapeake Bay Bridge opens (world's longest)
1964 Ian Smith becomes premier of Rhodesia
1963 "Sophie" opens at Winter Garden Theater New York City for 8 performances
1962 U.S. national debt above $300,000,000,000
1961 "Music Man" closes at Majestic Theater New York City after 1375 performances
1960 Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), organizes at Shaw U
1959 Fidel Castro begins U.S. goodwill tour
1959 U.S. Secretary of States John Foster Dulles resigns
1958 10th Emmy Awards: Gunsmoke, Robert Young and Jane Wyatt
1958 1st baseball game in California, San Francisco Giants beat Los Angeles Dodgers, 8-0
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
1956 Marlene Bauer wins LPGA Babe Didrikson Zaharias Golf Open
1955 Ray Kroc starts McDonald's chain of fast food restaurants in Illinois
1955 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
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
1953 Malans National Party wins South African elections
1953 WHP TV channel 21 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (CBS) begins broadcasting
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 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1951 Michael Gorsira is 1st person in charge of Curacao
1949 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Redemptoris nostri
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
1947 Jackie Robinson goes hitless in his major league debut
1947 Operations begin at Radio Netherlands World radio
1945 British Army liberates Belsen concentration camp
1945 British and Canadian troops liberate Nazi camp of Bergen-Belsen
1945 Franklin D. Roosevelt buried on grounds of Hyde Park home
1945 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Communium interpretes dolorum
1945 U.S. troops occupy concentration camp Colditz
1943 Metropolitan Life Insurances issues a $225 million check to Chase
1942 George VI awards George Cross to people of Malta
1941 1st helicopter flight of 1 hour duration, Stratford, Connecticut
1940 British troops land at Narvik, Norway
1939 Albert Lebrun elected president of France
1937 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat New York Rangers, 3 games to 2
1931 1st walk across American backwards begins
1928 Alioto's on Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco forms
1927 Babe Ruth hits 1st of 60 home runs of season (off A's Howard Ehmke)
1927 Switzerland and U.S.S.R. agree to diplomatic relations
1925 NHL's New York Americans (formerly Hamilton Tigers) 1st game, lose 3-1
1924 Flemish-Walloon riots in Louvain Belgium, 1 dead
1924 WHO-AM in Des Moines Iowa begins radio transmissions
1923 1st sound on film public performance shown at Rialto Theater (New York City)
1923 Insulin becomes generally available for diabetics
1922 Banting, MacLeod and Best discover insulin
1922 Poodle Dog Restaurant closes
1921 Black Friday- Labour Party strike of mine workers fails
1920 New Canadian small cent coin is released
1918 Clemenceau publishes secret French/Austrian documents
1915 Manuel de Falla's ballet "El Amor Brujo," premieres in Madrid
1915 New York Giant Rube Marquard no-hits Bkln, 2-0
1912 Titanic sinks at 2:27 AM off Newfoundland as band plays on
1912 Over 1,500 people die when the British passenger ship, RMS Titanic, sinks in the North Atlantic Ocean after colliding with an iceberg
1911 Jack Lawrence Theater (Playhouse) opens at 137 W 48th St. New York City
1911 Walter Johnson pitches a record tying 4 strike outs in an inning
1910 Taft is 1st President to throw out a 1st ball at a baseball game
1909 Mien Wenneker, Dutch prince Henry's lover, weds Uncle Cornelis Abbo
1909 New York Giant Red Ames 2nd no-hitter, loses in 13 on a 7 hitter to Dodgers
1902 Pope Leo XIII encyclical "On Church in US"
1901 1st British motorized burial
1900 An early 50 mile race is won by an electric car in over 2 hours
1900 International Exposition opens in Paris
1896 1st Olympic games close at Athens, Greece
1895 Josephine Blatt (U.S.) makes hip-and-harness lift of 3564 lb (record)
1892 General Electric Company, forms and is incorporated in New York
1878 Harley Procter introduces Ivory Soap
1877 1st telephone installed: Boston-Somerville, Massachusetts
1874 New York legislature passes compulsory education law
1870 Last day U.S. silver coins allow to circulate in Canada
1865 Otto von Bismarck elevated to earl
1864 General Steeles' Union troops occupies Camden, Arkansas
1861 Federal army (75,000 volunteers) mobilized by President Lincoln
1853 Protestant church questions king Willem III RC bishops
1851 Earl G. Andrassy sentenced to death in Hungary
1850 City of San Francisco incorporated
1817 1st American school for the deaf opens in Hartford, Connecticut
1800 James Ross discovers North Magnetic pole
1793 Bank of England hands out 1st 5 pound note
1788 England, Netherlands and Prussia sign peace treaty
1784 1st balloon flight in Ireland
1776 Duchess of Kingston found guilty of bigamy
1738 Bottle opener invented
1729 Johann S Bachs "Matthaus Passion" premieres in Leipzig
1716 Russian and Prussian troops occupy Wismar
1715 Uprising of Yamasse-indians in South Carolina
1697 Charles XII succeeds Charles XI as King of Sweden
1689 French king Louis XIV declares war on Spain
1654 England and Netherlands signs peace treaty
1632 Swedish and Saxon army beat Earl Tilly
1621 Hugo the Great arrives in France
1595 Willem I's daughter of Elisabeth of Nassau marries duke Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne of Broth
1594 Fleming Pieter Stevens appointed royal painter of Rudolf II (Prague)
1581 Cortes van Thomar accepts Philip II as king of Portugal
1450 French defeat English at Battle of Formigny in 100 Years' War
1250 Pope Innoncent III refuses Jews of Cordova Spain to build a synagogue
1205 Battle at Adrianople: Bulgaria beats Emp Boudouin of Constantinople
69 Battle at Bedriacum, North-Italy