What happened this day in history April 15

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

  • 1638
    Tokugawa shogunate forces put down the Shimabara Rebellion when they retake Hara Castle from the rebels.
  • 1715
    Pocotaligo Massacre triggers the start of the Yamasee War in colonial South Carolina.
  • 1817
    Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc founded the American School for the Deaf, the first American school for deaf students, in Hartford, Connecticut.
  • 1896
    Closing ceremony of the Games of the I Olympiad in Athens, Greece.
  • 1912
    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.
  • 1927
    The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, the most destructive river flood in U.S. history, begins.
  • 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.
  • 1957
    White Rock, British Columbia officially separates from Surrey, British Columbia and is incorporated as a new city.
  • 2002
    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?

  • 1469
    Guru Nanak Dev, the first of the ten Sikh Gurus (d. 1539)
  • 1879
    Melville Henry Cane, American lawyer (d. 1980)
  • 1883
    Stanley Bruce, eighth Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1967)
  • 1916
    Alfred S. Bloomingdale, American businessman (d. 1982)
  • 1919
    Alberto Breccia, Uruguay-born Argentine comics artist and writer (d. 1993)
  • 1954
    Seka, American pornographic actress
  • 1962
    Tom Kane, American voice actor
  • 1963
    Bobby Pepper, American journalist
  • 1974
    Douglas Spain, American actor
  • 1986
    Tom Heaton, English footballer

Who died on April 15?

  • 1446
    Filippo Brunelleschi, Italian architect (b. 1377)
  • 1761
    Archibald Campbell, 3rd Duke of Argyll, Scottish politician (b. 1682)
  • 1854
    Arthur Aikin, English chemist, mineralogist, and writer (b. 1773)
  • 1912
    Victims of the RMS Titanic disaster: Jack Phillips, British wireless telegraphist. (b. 1887)
  • 1912
    Victims of the RMS Titanic disaster: William T. Stead English author and journalist (b. 1849)
  • 1948
    Radola Gajda, Czech military commander and politician (b. 1892)
  • 1962
    Clara Blandick, American actress (b. 1880)
  • 1971
    Dan Reeves, American football team owner (b. 1912)
  • 1980
    Jean-Paul Sartre, French philosopher and writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1905)
  • 2003
    Reg Bundy, British performer (b. 1941)

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