Sunday, April 15, 2012

15th of April

Today is the 105th day of the year, with only 260 days remaining.

1817 - Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc founded the American School for the Deaf, the first American school for deaf students, in Hartford, Connecticut.

1892 - The General Electric Company is formed.

1912 - The RMS Titanic, a British passenger liner, sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 AM, two and a half hours after hitting an iceberg.

1920 - Two security guards are murdered during a robbery, that would convict Anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti  and execute them of the crime, amid much controversy.

1923 - Insulin becomes generally available for use by people with diabetes.

1924 - Rand McNally publishes its first road atlas.

1941 - Known as the Belfast Blitz, two-hundred Luftwaffe bombers attack Belfast, Northern Ireland.  They kill an estimated 1,000 people.

1945 - The Bergen-Belsen concentration camp is liberated by Allied forces.

1947 - Jackie Robinson debuts for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking baseball's color barrier.

1952 - It is the maiden flight of the American B-52 Stratofortress.

1955 - McDonald's restaurant dates its founding to the opening of a franchised restaurant by Ray Kroc, in Des Plaines, Illinois.

1958 - Walter O'Malley's Los Angeles Dodgers, host the first Major League Baseball game played on the West Coast of the United States.

1983 - Tokyo Disney Resort and Disneyland Park, opens in Tokyo Bay, Japan.

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

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