April 15


1817 – The first American school for the deaf was opened in Hartford, CT.

1850 – The city of San Francisco, CA was incorporated.

1865 – President Abraham Lincoln died from injuries inflicted by John Wilkes Booth.

1871 – “Wild Bill” Hickok became the marshal of Abilene, KS.

1892 – The General Electric Company was organized.

1899 – Thomas Edison organized the Edison Portland Cement Company.

1912 – The ocean liner Titanic sank in the North Atlantic at 2:20 am, two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg the evening before. 1,517 people died and only 710 people survived.

1923 – Insulin became generally available for people suffering with diabetes.

1924 – Rand McNally published their first road atlas.

1927 – Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford are the first stars to leave their footprints in cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA.

1934 – In the comic strip “Blondie,” Dagwood and Blondie Bumstead welcomed a baby boy, Alexander. The child would be nicknamed, Baby Dumpling.

1947 – Jackie Robinson becomes the first African American player to appear in a regular season Major League baseball game. Playing first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers, he goes hitless but scores the winning run in a 5-3 victory over the Boston Braves at Ebbets Field.

1952 – The first B-52 prototype was tested in the air.

1955 – Ray Kroc opened his first franchised McDonald’s restaurant in Des Plaines, IL.

1956 – The worlds’ first, all-color TV station was dedicated. It was WNBQ-TV in Chicago, IL and is now WMAQ-TV.

1956 – General Motors announced that the first free piston automobile had been developed.

1964 – The first Ford Mustang rolled off the showroom floor, two days before it was set to go on sale nationwide.

1967 – Richard Speck was found guilty of murdering eight student nurses.

1974 – Patty Hearst robs a bank with her kidnappers, members of the Symbionese Liberation Army.

1982 – Billy Joel was seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident on Long Island, New York. He went to the hospital and stayed for over a month undergoing therapy on his injured hand.

1983 – The movie “Flashdance” opened in a thousand theaters.

1983 – In Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, the Tokyo Disneyland theme park opened.

1994 – The World Trade Organization was established.

1997 – Christopher Reeve received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2007 – Donald Trump tops the Boston Phoenix’s annual list of “The 100 Unsexiest Men in America.”

2010 – In Prospect Harbor, ME, the Stinson Seafood plant stopped sardine processing after 135 years in operation.

2013 – Two pressure cooker bombs were detonated near the finish line of the Boston marathon in Boston, MA, killing three and injuring 264 others. The attack, which led to a lock- down and a massive four day manhunt across the city, turned out to be the work of the Tsarnaev brothers, Chechen immigrants holding radical Muslim views.

2014 – A total lunar eclipse occurred, producing a Blood Moon.



Roy Clark 1933 – Country singer (TV’s “Hee Haw”)

Claudia Cardinale 1938 – Actress (“The Pink Panther”)

Julie Sommars 1942 – Actress (“Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo”)

Michael Tucci 1946 – Actor (“Grease”, TV’s”The Paper Chase”, “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show”, “Diagnosis: Murder”)

Amy Wright 1950 – Actress (“The Deer Hunter”, “The Scarlet Letter”, “The Accidental Tourist”)

Dick Sharon 1950 – Baseball player (Detroit Tigers 1973)

Heloise 1951 – Newspaper columnist (“Hints from Heloise”), daughter of original Heloise

Evelyn Ashford 1957 – Track athlete, 4-time Olympic gold medalist

Emma Thompson 1959 – Actress (“Howard’s End”, “The Remains of the Day”,”In the Name of the Father”, “Sense and Sensibility”, “Primary Colors”, “Love Actually”, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”, “Nanny McPhee”)

Linda Perry 1965 – Singer (4 Non Blondes, “What’s Up”)

Samantha Fox 1966 – Singer (“Touch Me”)

Ed O’Brien 1968 – Musician (Radiohead)

Seth Rogan 1982 – Actor, writer (“Knocked Up,” “Superbad”, “This Is the End”, “The Guilt Trip”, “Paul”, “The Green Hornet”, “Funny People”, “Take This Waltz”, “The 40 Year Old Virgin”, TV’s “Freaks and Geeks”)

Emma Watson 1990 – Actress (“Harry Potter” movie series)




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1 Comment

  1. Goldie Dickman
    April 16, 2017 - 6:15 pm

    That was very inlightning 😁Thank you !


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