Today in History, English
Today in History, English

43291April 15Event1927 – The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, the most destructive river flood in U.S. history, begins.
43292April 15Event1935 – Roerich Pact signed in Washington, D.C.
43293April 15Event1936 – First day of the Arab revolt in Mandatory Palestine.
43294April 15Event1936 – Aer Lingus (Aer Loingeas) is founded by the Irish government as the national airline of the Republic of Ireland.
43295April 15Event1940 – The Allies begin their attack on the Norwegian town of Narvik which is occupied by Nazi Germany.
43296April 15Event1941 – In the Belfast Blitz, two-hundred bombers of the German Luftwaffe attack Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom killing one thousand people.
43297April 15Event1942 – The George Cross is awarded "to the island fortress of Malta: Its people and defenders" by King George VI.
43298April 15Event1945 – The Bergen-Belsen concentration camp is liberated.
43299April 15Event1947 – Jackie Robinson debuts for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking baseball's color line.
43300April 15Event1952 – The maiden flight of the B-52 Stratofortress
43301April 15Event1955 – McDonald's restaurant dates its founding to the opening of a franchised restaurant by Ray Kroc, in Des Plaines, Illinois
43302April 15Event1960 – At Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, Ella Baker leads a conference that results in the creation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, one of the principal organizations of the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960
43303April 15Event1964 – The first Ford Mustang rolls off the show room floor, two days before it is set to go on sale nationwide.
43304April 15Event1969 – The EC-121 shootdown incident: North Korea shoots down a United States Navy aircraft over the Sea of Japan, killing all 31 on board.
43305April 15Event1970 – During the Cambodian Civil War, massacres of the Vietnamese minority results in 800 bodies flowing down the Mekong river into South Vietnam.
43306April 15Event1983 – Tokyo Disneyland opens to the public.
43307April 15Event1984 – The inaugural World Youth Day is held in St. Peter's Square, Vatican City.
43308April 15Event1986 – The United States launches Operation El Dorado Canyon, its bombing raids against Libyan targets in response to a bombing in West Germany that killed two U.S. servicemen.
43309April 15Event1989 – Hillsborough disaster: A human crush occurs at Hillsborough Stadium, home of Sheffield Wednesday, in the FA Cup Semi-final, resulting in the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans.
43310April 15Event1989 – Upon Hu Yaobang's death, the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 begin in China.
43311April 15Event2013 – Two bombs explode near the finish line at the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts, killing three people and injuring 264 others.
43312April 15Event2014 – More than 200 female students are declared missing after a mass kidnapping in Borno State, Nigeria.
43313April 15Birth1367 – Henry IV of England (d. 1413)
43314April 15Birth1452 – Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter, sculptor, and architect (d. 1519)
43315April 15Birth1552 – Pietro Cataldi, Italian mathematician and astronomer (d. 1626)
43316April 15Birth1588 – Claudius Salmasius, French author and scholar (d. 1653)
43317April 15Birth1641 – Robert Sibbald, Scottish physician and geographer (d. 1722)
43318April 15Birth1642 – Suleiman II, Ottoman sultan (d. 1691)
43319April 15Birth1646 – Christian V of Denmark (d. 1699)
43320April 15Birth1646 – Pierre Poiret, French mystic and philosopher (d. 1719)

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