What happened this day in history

Wikipedia defines history as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. It came from the Greek word ‘historia’ – which means ‘inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation’.

Did you know? There are many who claim Herodotus, a fifth century BC Greek historian, as the “father of history”.

This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,060 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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What are the important events that happened on April 15? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

April 15: Facts & Myths About This Day

April 15 is the 105th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 260 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 2, 2021 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,618,444,800 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectapentagon’ day.

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Aries is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 292 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 3,037 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 15 Historical Events

  • 1738
    Premiere in London, England, Great Britain of Serse, an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel.
  • 1923
    Insulin becomes generally available for use by people with diabetes.
  • 1942
    The George Cross is awarded to “to the island fortress of Malta – its people and defenders” by King George VI.
  • 1947
    Jackie Robinson debuts for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking baseball’s color line.
  • 1969
    The EC-121 shootdown incident: North Korea shoots down a United States Navy aircraft over the Sea of Japan, killing all 31 on board.

Who were born on April 15?

  • 1641
    Robert Sibbald, Scottish physician (d. 1722)
  • 1832
    Wilhelm Busch, German poet (d. 1908)
  • 1924
    Sir Neville Marriner, English conductor
  • 1952
    Brian Muir, British sculptor and creator of Darth Vader
  • 1971
    Kate Harbour, English voice actress

Who died on April 15?

  • 1641
    Domenico Zampieri, Italian painter (b. 1581)
  • 1652
    Patriarch Joseph, head of the Russian Orthodox Church
  • 1889
    Father Damien, Flemish missionary (b. 1840)
  • 1942
    Robert Musil, Austrian novelist (b. 1880)
  • 1969
    Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, Queen of Spain (b. 1887)

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