This Day in History: April 15

Featured Biography

Leonardo da Vinci
Italian artist, engineer, and scientist
Seth Rogen
Canadian actor and screenwriter
Philippe, king of Belgium
king of Belgium
Emma Thompson
British actress and writer
Kim Il-Sung
president of North Korea
Leonhard Euler
Swiss mathematician

More Events On This Day

Notre-Dame Cathedral: 2019 fire
The historic Notre-Dame de Paris caught fire during a restoration campaign, and the blaze destroyed most of the cathedral's roof, the 19th-century spire, and some of the rib vaulting. Test your knowledge of Paris
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Boston Marathon bombing
Near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, two homemade bombs were detonated in the crowd of spectators; 3 people were killed and more than 260 were wounded in the terrorist attack.
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Iraq War
U.S. President George W. Bush declared that the government of Saddam Hussein in Iraq had fallen as a result of the Iraq War and the following day asked the United Nations to lift sanctions against Iraq. Sort fact from fiction in our wars throughout history quiz
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Sequoia National Forest
U.S. President Bill Clinton established the Giant Sequoia National Monument, a preserve near Sequoia National Park covering more than 500 square miles (1,300 square km) of Sequoia National Forest in the Sierra Nevada of California. How much do you know about national parks and landmarks?
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Hillsborough disaster
Tragedy occurred at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England, when a crush of football (soccer) fans resulted in 96 deaths and hundreds of injuries; police mistakes were later blamed for the incident.
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Jean-Paul Sartre
French novelist and playwright Jean-Paul Sartre, who was a leading exponent of existentialism, died at age 74. Take our quiz about famous authors
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Ray Kroc
American fast-food pioneer Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald's franchise, launching an enterprise that would eventually become the world's largest fast-food chain, in Des Plaines, Illinois. Sort fact from fiction in our quiz about food
Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball's racial barrier, played in his first major league game for the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field. See if Jackie Robinson makes our list of the 10 greatest baseball players of all time
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Charles Lindbergh
Robertson Aircraft, one of the companies that later developed into American Airlines, flew its first mail route, between Chicago and St. Louis, Missouri, with Charles A. Lindbergh as the pilot. Test your knowledge of early aviation
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The Rand McNally Auto Chum was released; it was the American publishing company's first road atlas. Watch the evolution of cars over time
Bartolomeo Vanzetti and Nicola Sacco
Two men were murdered in South Braintree, Massachusetts, leading to the Sacco-Vanzetti case and the still-controversial conviction of the two Italian immigrants. Take our quiz about American history and politics
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