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Births for April 15


  • 1452 Leonardo da Vinci, Italy, painter/sculptor/scientist/visionary
  • 1469 Nanak, 1st guru of Sikhs
  • 1684 Catherine I, empress of Russia (1725-27)
  • 1707 Leonhard Euler, Bassle Sweden, mathematician (Euler's Constant)
  • 1741 Charles Willson Peale, US, port painter/inventor (George Washington)
  • 1766 Friedrich Bouterwek, German philosopher/critic
  • 1793 Friedrich Struve, Germany, founded dynasty of astronomers
  • 1800 James Clark Ross, explorer (British Antarctic)
  • 1809 Hermann Gnther Grassmann, mathematician
  • 1812 Pierre-Etienne-Theodore Rousseau, painter
  • 1814 John Lothrop Motley, US, historian/author (Rise of Dutch Rep)
  • 1820 Evander McNair, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1902
  • 1821 Emerson Brown Joseph, (Confederacy), died in 1894
  • 1822 Napolean Jackson Tecumseh Dana, Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1829 Mary Harris Thompson, 1st American woman surgeon
  • 1837 Horace Porter, Bvt Brig General (Union Army), died in 1921
  • 1843 Henry James, US/British writer/critic (Turn of the Screw, Bostonians)
  • 1850 John Munroe Longyear, US, capitalist/bank president
  • 1856 Jean Mor‚as, (Yannis Papadiamantopoulos), Greek/French poet
  • 1858 Anton GO Rider Van Rappard, painter/lithographer/etcher
  • 1858 Emile Durkheim, French sociologist (Dl division du travail social)
  • 1874 Johannes Stark, Germany, physicist (Stark effect) (Nobel 1919)
  • 1878 Ina Boudier-Baker, author (Poverty)
  • 1888 Florence Bates, San Antonio Tx, actress (Kismet, I Remember Mama)
  • 1889 Asa Philip Randolph, labor leader (Railroad Porter's Union)
  • 1889 Thomas Hart Benton, Missouri, painter/muralist (Lonesome Road)
  • 1895 Harry F V Edward, British Guiana, 100m/200m runner (Oly-bronze-1920)
  • 1898 Bessie Smith, Empress of Blues (over 200 songs)
  • 1898 Nini de Bo‰l, Flemish operette singer (White Horse)
  • 1903 John Williams, England, actor (Niles-Family Affair, Dial M for Murder
  • 1906 Susan Walker, vice chairman (WRVS)
  • 1907 Gerald Abrahams, Liverpool, author (Teach Yourself Chess)
  • 1907 Nikolaas Tinbergen, zoologist/ethologist (Nobel 1973)
  • 1910 Lord Grey of Naunton, chancellor (Ulster University)
  • 1911 Jacob Fresco, architect (Antilles Brewery/Autonomy Monument)
  • 1912 Kim II Sung, North Korean President (1948- )
  • 1912 Peter Menzies, CEO (British Electricity Council)
  • 1917 Hans Conried, Balt Md, actor (Bullwinkle Show, Make Room for Daddy)
  • 1919 Meriol Trevor, novelist/biographer (Civil Prisoners)
  • 1920 Richard von Weizs„cker, baron/president (Germany, 1984- )
  • 1921 Georgi T Beregovoi, cosmonaut (Soyuz 3)
  • 1922 Harold Washington, 1st black mayor of Chicago (D, 1983-87)
  • 1922 Michael Ansara, Lowell Mass, actor (Cochise-Broken Arrow, Centennial)
  • 1923 Douglas Wass, CEO (Equity & Law Life Assurance Company)
  • 1924 John Grigg, British historian
  • 1924 Neville Marriner, Lincoln England, conductor (Minn Orch 1978)
  • 1928 Richard Evans, British diplomat
  • 1929 Adrian Cadbury, director (Bank of England)
  • 1929 Jocelyn Barrow, deputy chair person (British Broadcast Standards)
  • 1930 Vigdis Finnbogad¢ttir, president of Iceland (1980- )
  • 1931 Florian Zabach, Chicago Ill, violinist (Hot Canary, Club Embassy)
  • 1931 Kenneth Bloomfield, BBC governor (Ireland)
  • 1931 Tomas G Transtr”mer, Swedish psychology/poet (M”rkerseende)
  • 1932 David Bolton, director (British Royal United Service for Defense)
  • 1933 Boris Strugatski, USSR, sci-fi author (Tale of Troika)
  • 1933 Elizabeth Montgomery, LA Calif, actress (Samantha/Serena-Bewitched)
  • 1933 Roy Clark, Meherrin Va, country singer (Hee Haw)
  • 1936 Maurice Shock, rector (Lincoln College in Oxford)
  • 1937 Earl Russell, historian
  • 1938 Carles Marsden, professor (neurology)
  • 1939 Claudia Cardinale, Tunis, actress (Blindfold, 8«, Pink Panther)
  • 1939 Marti Wilder, father of rocker Kim Wilde
  • 194- Julie Sommars, Fremont Neb, actress (Governor & JJ, Herbie Goes to MC
  • 1940 Edy Hubacher, Switzerland, 4-man bobsled (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1940 Jeffrey Archer, England, (Tory-Commons)/author (Matter of Honor)
  • 1940 Phil Lesh, bassist (Grateful Dead-Truckin')
  • 1941 Howard L Berman, (Rep-D-CA, 1983- )
  • 1942 Kim Il Jong, son of North Korean pres Kim Il Sung
  • 1942 Walter Raphael Hazzard, Wilmington Del, basektball (Olympic-gold-1964
  • 1943 Riem de Wolff, singer/guitarist (Blue Diamonds)
  • 1944 Dave Edmunds, singer/guitarist (Rockpile-Baby I Love You)
  • 1944 Gerard Schoenaker, singer (Les Baroques)
  • 1945 Jos F B van Rey, Dutch 2nd chamber member (VVD)
  • 1946 Wayne Gilchrest, (Rep-R-Maryland)
  • 1947 Bojoura, (Raina GB van Melzen), singer/wife of Hans Cleuver
  • 1947 Michael DeBello, singer (Maniac)
  • 1947 Wooly Wolstenholme, keyboardist/vocalist (Barclay James Harvest)
  • 1951 Hansel, Cuba, spanish personality
  • 1951 Marsha S Ivins, Baltimore Maryland, astronaut (STS 32, 46, SK:66)
  • 1952 Sam McMuuray, actor (Tracey Ullman)
  • 1954 Emmanuel, M‚xico City M‚xico, spanish singer
  • 1955 Enith Salle Brigitha, Neth, 100m/200m swimmer (Olympic-bronze-1976)
  • 1956 Gregory J Harbaugh, Cleveland Ohio, astronaut (STS 39, 54)
  • 1956 Michael Cooper, NBA star (LA Lakers)
  • 1957 Evelyn Ashford, Shreveport LA, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-gold-1984, 88)
  • 1958 Matt Reid, rocker (Berlin-Takes Your Breathe Away)
  • 1959 Emma Thompson, British actress (Henry V)
  • 1960 Marvin Clyde Goodwin, New Orleans La, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • 1960 Philip, Belgian prince/husband of princess Paola
  • 1961 Lynne Austin, Plant City Fla, playmate (Jul, 1986)
  • 1965 Lydie Denier, France, actress (General Hospital, Blood Relations)
  • 1966 Graeme Clark, bassist (Wet Wet Wet-Angel Eyes)
  • 1966 Samantha Karen Fox, East End London England, singer (Touch Me)
  • 1967 Dara Torres, Beverly Hills CA, US Olympic swimmer (Olympic-gold-84)
  • 1972 Peter Billingsley, NYC, actor (Real People)
  • 1982 Mark Pugh, rocker (Another Bad Creation)


Passings for April 15


  • 1415 Manuel Chrysoloras, Byzantine leader/diplomat (Erotmata), dies
  • 1502 Jan IV Chalon, prince of Orange, dies
  • 1605 Boris Godunov, tsar of Russia (1598-1605), dies
  • 1659 Simon Dach, German poet, dies
  • 1764 Jeanne-Antoinette-Poison LeNormant d'Etoiles, Marquis de Pomador, die
  • 1772 Karel Jozef, ruler of Batthy nyi, dies at 73
  • 1865 Abraham Lincoln, at 7:22 am, assassinated by John Wilkes Booth
  • 1888 Matthew Arnold, poet, dies
  • 1911 Georg Knorr, German engineer, dies
  • 1925 John Singer Sargent, US portrait painter, dies
  • 1942 Robert Musil, Austrian writer (Mann ohne Eigenschaften), dies
  • 1956 Emile Nolde (Hansen), German painter (Grablegung Christi), dies
  • 1972 Otto Brenner, German union leader, dies
  • 1975 Richard Conte, actor (Four Just Men, Jean Arthur Show), dies at 65
  • 1976 Gerald Smith, antisemite/catholic (Natl Christian Crusade), dies at 7
  • 1980 Jean-Paul Sartre, existentialist (Nobel 1964), dies in Paris at 74
  • 1980 Marshall Reed, actor (Fred Asher-Lineup), dies at 62
  • 1980 Paul Langton, actor (Leslie-Peyton Place), dies at 76
  • 1980 Raymond Bailey, actor (Mr Drysdale-Beverly Hillbillies), dies at 75
  • 1982 5 murderers, of Egyptian pres Sadat, executed
  • 1982 Arthur Lowe, Brits actor (Capt Mainwaring in Dad's army), dies at 66
  • 1982 Louis M de Guiringaud, Fren forgn min (1976-78), commits suicide at 7
  • 1983 Gyula Illyes, Hungarian writer/poet (Az Ismertlen Illyes), dies at 80
  • 1983 Rodolfo Hoyos, actor (Luis-Viva Valdez), dies at 68
  • 1984 Tommy Cooper, comedian, dies
  • 1986 Tim McIntire, actor (Bob Younger-Legend of Jesse James), dies at 42
  • 1989 Hu Yaobang, general sec of Chinese Commnist Party, dies
  • 1990 Greta Garbo, actress (Camille), dies at 84
  • 1993 Leslie Charteris, English detective writer (Saint), dies at 85


Special events for April 15


  • 1045 British Army liberates Belsen concentration camp
  • 1250 Pope Innoncent III refuses Jews of Cordova Spain to build a synagogue
  • 1776 Duchess of Kingston found guilty of bigamy
  • 1784 1st balloon flight in Ireland
  • 1800 James Ross discovers North Magnetic pole
  • 1850 City of San Francisco incorporated
  • 1857 N R Pogson discovers asteroid #43 Ariadne
  • 1858 Battle of Azimghur, Mexicans defeat Spanish loyalists
  • 1861 Federal army (75,000 volunteers) mobilized by Pres Lincoln
  • 1864 Vice-pres Andrew Johnson inaugurated as president of US
  • 1877 1st telephone installed: Boston-Somerville, Mass
  • 1888 J Palisa discovers asteroid #275 Sapientia
  • 1895 Josephine Blatt (US) makes hip-and-harness lift of 3564 lb (record)
  • 1900 An early 50 mile race is won by an electric car in over 2 hrs
  • 1900 International Exposition opens in Paris
  • 1902 Pope Leo XIII encyclical "On Church in US"
  • 1909 Mien Wenneker, prince Hendrik lover, marries Uncle Cornelis Abbo
  • 1909 NY Giant Red Ames 2nd no-hitter, loses in 13 on a 7 hitter to Dodgers
  • 1911 Walter Johnson pitches a record tying 4 strike outs in an inning
  • 1912 A Massinger discovers asteroids #731 Sorga & #732 Tjilaki
  • 1912 Titanic sinks at 2:27 AM in North Atlantic as band plays on
  • 1915 NY Giant Rube Marquard no-hits Bkln, 2-0
  • 1921 Black Friday- Labour Party strike of mine workers fails
  • 1922 Banting, MacLeod & Best discover insulin
  • 1922 Poodle Dog Restaurant closes
  • 1923 1st sound on film public performance shown at Rialto Theater (NYC)
  • 1923 Insulin becomes generally available for diabetics
  • 1924 Flemish-Waalse revolt in Leuven, 1 dead
  • 1924 WHO-AM in Des Moines Iowa begins radio transmissions
  • 1925 NHL's NY Americans (formerly Hamilton Tigers) 1st game, lose 3-1
  • 1927 Switzerland & USSR agree to diplomatic relations
  • 1928 Alioto's on Fisherman's Wharf (SF) forms
  • 1931 1st walk across American backwards begins
  • 1937 Detroit Red Wings beat NY Rangers 3 games to 2 for Stanley Cup
  • 1939 Albert Lebrun elected president of France
  • 1940 British troops land at Narvik
  • 1941 1st helicopter flight of 1 hr duration, Stratford, Ct
  • 1942 George VI awards George Cross to people of Malta
  • 1943 Metropolitan Life Insurances issues a $225 million check to Chase
  • 1945 Arnhem freed from nazis
  • 1945 Concentration camp Bergen-Belsen freed
  • 1945 FDR buried on grounds of Hyde Park home
  • 1947 Jackie Robinson goes hitless in his major league debut
  • 1947 Operations begin at Radio Netherland World radio
  • 1948 1st Jewish-Arab military battle, arabs defeated
  • 1948 Indian territory of Himachal Pradesh created
  • 1948 KCPX (now KTVX) TV channel 4 in Salt Lake City, UT (ABC) 1st broadcas
  • 1952 1st B-52 prototype test flight
  • 1952 Detroit Red Wings sweeps Montreal Canadiens for Stanley Cup
  • 1953 Malans "Nasionale Party" wins South African elections
  • 1953 WHP TV channel 21 in Harrisburg, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 KARK TV channel 4 in Little Rock, AR (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 Orioles 1st game in Baltimore beat White Sox 3-1
  • 1954 WHO TV channel 13 in Des Moines, IA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 Yankees dedicate a plaque to Edward Barrow
  • 1955 Ray Kroc starts McDonald's chain of fast food restaurants
  • 1957 Congress gives Post Office $41M; restoring Saturday mail delivery
  • 1957 KTVI TV channel 2 in Saint Louis, MO (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1959 Fidel Castro begins US goodwill tour
  • 1959 US Sect of States John Foster Dulles resigns
  • 1960 Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee organizes at Shaw U
  • 1962 US national debt above $300,000,000,000
  • 1965 NFL changes penalty flag from white to bright gold
  • 1966 KHET TV channel 11 in Honolulu, HI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1966 Rolling Stones release "Aftermath"
  • 1968 Houston Astros beat NY Mets, 1-0, in 24 innings
  • 1969 North Korea shoots at US airplane above Japanese sea
  • 1970 WMGZ TV channel 16 in Mayaguez, PR ((M)) begins broadcasting
  • 1970 WPSJ TV channel 14 in Ponce, PR ((P)) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 43rd Academy Awards presented
  • 1973 Walt Disney Story opens
  • 1974 Military coup in Niger
  • 1975 1st appearance of San Diego Chicken
  • 1975 C Torres discovers asteroid #2784 Domeyko
  • 1975 Gabon amends constitution
  • 1975 Penguins 3-Isles 1-Quarterfinals-Penguins hold 2-0 lead
  • 1976 Yankee stadium reopened, Yanks beat Twins after trailing 4-0
  • 1977 1st baseball game at Montreal's Olympic Stadium
  • 1978 43 die as 2 express trains collide head-on south of Bologna, Italy
  • 1980 E Bowell discovers asteroid #3041 Webb
  • 1982 A Mrkos discovers asteroid #3257
  • 1982 Apollo Computer announces DN400, DN420, & landscape display
  • 1983 Rangers 0-Isles 5-Patrick Div Finals-Isles hold 2-0 lead
  • 1983 Tokyo Disneyland opens
  • 1985 Challenger moves to launch pad for 51-B missing
  • 1985 E Bowell discovers asteroids #3527 McCord & #3663
  • 1985 Geoff Smith wins his 2nd straight Boston Marathon
  • 1986 US air raids Libya, respondings to La Belle disco, Berlin bombing
  • 1989 95 crushed to death at Sheffield Soccer Stadium in England
  • 1989 South African/British Olympic runner Zola Budd marries
  • 1989 Then largest lottery in North America ($69M) drawn in Illinois
  • 1990 "In Living Color" premiers on FOX-TV
  • 1991 East-Europe Bank opens in London
  • 1991 Former child actor Adam Rich charged with burglary
  • 1991 Maximum NY State unemployment benefits raised to $280 per week
  • 1991 Ton Sijbrands improves world record blind checker games (15 wins)
  • 1992 Billionaire Leona Helmsly is sent to jail for tax evasion
  • 1992 Jay Leno's final appearance as permanent guest host of Tonight
  • 1992 Lincoln Hospital in Bronx loses its accreditation
  • 1992 NY Islander, Al Arbour, coaches most NHL games (1,438)


Songs for date April 15


  • 04/15/43 --- As Time Goes By (Vallee, Rudy)
  • 04/15/49 --- Again (Jenkins, Gordon)
  • 04/15/49 --- Riders In The Sky (Monroe, Vaughn)
  • 04/15/67 --- You Got What It Takes (Clark Five, Dave)
  • 04/15/67 --- Close Your Eyes (Peaches & Herb)
  • 04/15/67 --- Happening, The (Supremes)
  • 04/15/72 --- Oh Girl (Chi-Lites)
  • 04/15/72 --- Candy Man, The (Davis Jr., Sammy)
  • 04/15/72 --- Hot Rod Lincoln (Commander Cody)
  • 04/15/72 --- I'll Take You There (Staple Singers)
  • 04/15/72 --- Back Off Boogaloo (Starr, Ringo)
  • 04/15/78 --- Love Is Like Oxygen (Sweet)
  • 04/15/89 --- Every Little Step (Brown, Bobby)
  • 04/15/89 --- Soldier Of Love (Osmond, Donny)
  • 04/15/89 --- Wind Beneath My Wings (Midler, Bette)
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