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 106th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 260 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 2, 2020 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 1,586,908,800 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 ‘hectahexagon’ 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 303 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 2,672 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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April 15 Historical Events
Tokugawa shogunate forces put down the Shimabara Rebellion when they retake Hara Castle from the rebels.
Pocotaligo Massacre triggers the start of the Yamasee War in colonial South Carolina.
Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc founded the American School for the Deaf, the first American school for deaf students, in Hartford, Connecticut.
Closing ceremony of the Games of the I Olympiad in Athens, Greece.
The British passenger liner, the RMS Titanic, sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two and a half hours after hitting an iceberg. 1,517 people are killed.
The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, the most destructive river flood in U.S. history, begins.
The George Cross is awarded to “to the island fortress of Malta – its people and defenders” by King George VI.
Jackie Robinson debuts for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking baseball’s color line.
White Rock, British Columbia officially separates from Surrey, British Columbia and is incorporated as a new city.
An Air China Boeing 767-200, flight CA129 crashes into a hillside during heavy rain and fog near Busan, South Korea, killing 128.
Who were born on April 15?
Guru Nanak Dev, the first of the ten Sikh Gurus (d. 1539)
Melville Henry Cane, American lawyer (d. 1980)
Stanley Bruce, eighth Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1967)
Alfred S. Bloomingdale, American businessman (d. 1982)
Alberto Breccia, Uruguay-born Argentine comics artist and writer (d. 1993)
Seka, American pornographic actress
Tom Kane, American voice actor
Bobby Pepper, American journalist
Douglas Spain, American actor
Tom Heaton, English footballer
Who died on April 15?
Filippo Brunelleschi, Italian architect (b. 1377)
Archibald Campbell, 3rd Duke of Argyll, Scottish politician (b. 1682)
Arthur Aikin, English chemist, mineralogist, and writer (b. 1773)
Victims of the RMS Titanic disaster: Jack Phillips, British wireless telegraphist. (b. 1887)
Victims of the RMS Titanic disaster: William T. Stead English author and journalist (b. 1849)
Radola Gajda, Czech military commander and politician (b. 1892)
Clara Blandick, American actress (b. 1880)
Dan Reeves, American football team owner (b. 1912)
Jean-Paul Sartre, French philosopher and writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1905)
Reg Bundy, British performer (b. 1941)
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