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Historical Events on April 15

  • A Dictionary of the English Language

    1755

    Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language is published in London.

  • American Revolutionary War

    1783

    Preliminary articles of peace ending the American Revolutionary War (or American War of Independence) are ratified.

  • John Wilkes Booth

    1865

    President Abraham Lincoln dies after being shot the previous evening by actor John Wilkes Booth. Vice President Andrew Johnson becomes President upon Lincoln's death.

  • General Electric

    1892

    The General Electric Company is formed.

  • Sinking of the RMS Titanic

    1912

    The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survive.

  • Sacco and Vanzetti

    1920

    Two security guards are murdered during a robbery in South Braintree, Massachusetts. Anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti would be convicted of and executed for the crime, amid much controversy.

  • Ray Kroc

    1955

    McDonald's restaurant dates its founding to the opening of a franchised restaurant by Ray Kroc, in Des Plaines, Illinois

  • Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee

    1960

    At Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, Ella Baker leads a conference that results in the creation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, one of the principal organizations of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.

  • Tiananmen Square protests of 1989

    1989

    Upon Hu Yaobang's death, the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 begin in China.