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In the early hours of April 15th, 1912, the
British luxury liner "Titanic" sank in
the North Atlantic off Newfoundland, less than
three hours after striking an iceberg. About 1500
On this date:
In 1817, the first American school for the deaf
opened in Hartford, Connecticut.
In 1850, the city
of San Francisco was incorporated.
In 1861, three
days after the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter,
President Lincoln declared a state of
insurrection and called out Union troops.
In 1865, President
Lincoln died, several hours after he was
shot at Ford's Theater in Washington by John
Wilkes Booth. Andrew Johnson became the nation's
In 1945, during
World War Two, British and Canadian troops
liberated the Nazi concentration camp
In 1959, Cuban
leader Fidel Castro arrived in Washington to
begin a goodwill tour of the United States.
In 1986, the
United States launched an air raid against Libya
in response to the bombing of a discotheque in
Berlin on April fifth; Libya says 37 people,
mostly civilians, were killed.
existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre died
in Paris at the age of 74.
ninety-five people died in a crush of soccer fans
at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England.
In 1998, Pol Pot,
the notorious leader of the Khmer Rouge, died at
age 73, evading prosecution for the deaths of two
Ten years ago:
Actress Greta Garbo died in New York at age 84.
Five years ago: In
his weekly radio address, President Clinton asked
Congress to protect a short list of key
legislation, saying he was giving the highest
priority to welfare reform, targeted tax cuts and
a crime bill preserving the assault weapons ban.
One year ago: A
gunman opened fire at the Mormon Family History
Library in Salt Lake City, killing two people and
wounding four others before being shot to death
"Patriotism is your
conviction that this country is superior to all
other countries because you were born in
George Bernard Shaw, Irish-born playwright