Monday, April 15, 2013


1865 - Abraham Lincoln, 16th American president, dies from gunshot wound at 56.


1877 - 1st telephone installed: Boston-Somerville, Mass.
1878 - Harley Procter introduces Ivory Soap.
1892 - General Electric Company, forms & is incorporated in NY.
1896 - 1st Olympic games close at Athens, Greece.
1900 - An early 50 mile race is won by an electric car in over 2 hrs.
1912 - Titanic sinks at 2:27 AM off Newfoundland as band plays on.

1922 - Banting, MacLeod & Best discover insulin.
1924 - Rand McNally publishes its first road atlas.
1927 - Babe Ruth hits 1st of 60 HRs of season (off A's Howard Ehmke).
1933 - Elizabeth Montgomery, LA California, actress (Samantha/Serena-Bewitched) is born.

1933 - Roy Clark, Meherrin Va, country singer (Hee Haw) is born.

1940 - British troops land at Narvik, Norway.
1945 - British Army liberates Nazi concentration camp, Bergen-Belsen.
1945 - FDR buried on grounds of Hyde Park home.
1952 - The maiden flight of the B-52 Stratofortress.
1955 - Ray Kroc starts McDonald's chain of fast food restaurants (Illinois).

1957 - Congress gives Post Office $41M; restoring Saturday mail delivery.
1958 - 10th Emmy Awards: Gunsmoke, Robert Young & Jane Wyatt.
1958 - Matt Reid, rock keyboardist (Berlin-Takes Your Breath Away) is born.

1959 - Emma Thompson, England, actress (Henry V, Howards End, Oscar-1992) is born.

1959 - Fidel Castro begins US goodwill tour.
1959 - US Sect of States John Foster Dulles resigns.
1961 - "Music Man" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 1375 performances.
1962 - US national debt above $300,000,000,000.
1964 - Chesapeake Bay Bridge opens (world's longest).
1965 - NFL changes penalty flag from white to bright gold.
1966 -
Buffalo Springfield performs for the first time as the opening act for The Byrds in San Bernadino, CA.
1968 -
Aretha Franklin records "Think."
1969 - North Korea shoots at US airplane above Japanese sea.
1971 - 43rd Academy Awards - "Patton," George C Scott & Glenda Jackson win.
1980 - Raymond Bailey, actor (Mr Drysdale-Beverly Hillbillies), dies at 75.


1982 - Billy Joel is seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident on Long Island, New York. He goes to the hospital and stays for over a month undergoing therapy on his injured hand.
1983 - Tokyo Disneyland opens.
1987 - Alfred Uhry's "Driving Miss Daisy," premieres in NYC.
1990 - "In Living Color" premieres on FOX-TV.
1990 - Greta Garbo, actress (Anna Karenina, Camille), dies at 84.

1990 - Emma Watson, Paris, France, English actress (Hermione Granger-Harry Potter Series) is born.
1991 - "Secret Garden" opens at St James Theater NYC for 706 performances.
1991 - Former child actor Adam Rich charged with burglary.
1992 - William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy & DeForest Kelley are inducted into National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.


1996 - Jerry Garcia's remaining ashes are scattered near the Golden Gate Bridge. A small portion of his ashes had been scattered in the Ganges River in India on April 4th.
1997 - Baseball honors Jackie Robinson by retiring #42 for all teams.
1999 - Tammy Wynette's body is exhumed in an attempt to settle a dispute over how she had died.

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