Friday, April 15, 2016

Today in History: Friday, April 15, 2016

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AP Highlight in History: 
On April 15, 1912, the luxury liner Titanic sank in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland, less than three hours after striking an iceberg. About 1,500 people died.

On this date in:
1850The city of San Francisco was incorporated.
1861President Abraham Lincoln declared a state of insurrection and called out Union troops three days after the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter in South Carolina.
1865President Abraham Lincoln died nine hours after being shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater in Washington. Andrew Johnson became the 17th president.
1945British and Canadian troops liberated the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen. 
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1947Jackie Robinson became baseball's first black major league player when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
1980Existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre died in Paris at age 74.
1986The United States launched an air raid against Libya in response to the bombing of a discotheque in Berlin on April 5; Libya said 37 people, mostly civilians, were killed.
Audio LinkPresident Ronald Reagan announces the strike
1989Students in Beijing launched pro-democracy protests upon the death of former Communist Party leader Hu Yaobang.
1998Pol Pot, leader of the Camobodia's brutal Khmer Rouge regime, died at age 73.
2000Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles became the 24th major league player to reach 3,000 hits.
2002Retired Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White died at age 84.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor-writer Seth Rogen ("Knocked Up," "Superbad") turns 34 years old today.
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Roy ClarkCountry musician83
Dave EdmundsRock musician73
Linda Bloodworth- ThomasonTV writer, producer ("Designing Women")69
HeloiseColumnist (Hints from Heloise)65
Emma ThompsonActress57
Samantha FoxSinger50
Actress Emma Watson ("Harry Potter" movies) turns 26 years old today.
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