15 April 2007

This day in history: 15 Apr

1450: A French force led by the Comte de Clermont achieved a decisive victory over the English at Formigny, near Carentan, France.

1865: Abraham Lincoln died after being shot the previous evening by John Wilkes Booth; Andrew Johnson became the 17th President of the United States.

1912: RMS Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic; some 1,500 people died.

1920: Anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti murdered two men whilst robbing a shoe factory.

1942: The George Cross was awarded to "the Island Fortress of Malta" by King George VI.

1945: Bergen-Belsen concentration camp was liberated by the 63rd Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery. Anne Frank was one of the estimated 50,000 people who had died in this camp.

1955: The first franchised McDonald's restaurant was opened in Des Plaines, Illinois, by Ray Kroc.

In addition to Lincoln (1809-1865), Filippo Brunelleschi (1377–1446), Madame de Pompadour (1721–1764), Wallace Beery (1885–1949), Raymond Bailey (1904–1980), Corrie ten Boom (1892–1983), Greta Garbo (1905-1990), Leslie Charteris (1907–1993) and Edward Gorey (1925–2000) died on this date.

And happy birthday to Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519), Catherine I of Russia (1684–1727), Leonhard Euler (1707–1783), Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721–1765), Charles Willson Peale (1741–1827), Sir James Clark Ross (1800–1862), Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975), Corrie ten Boom (1892–1983), Michael Ansara (1922-TBD), Sir Neville Marriner CBE (1924-TBD), Roy Clark (1933-TBD), Elizabeth Montgomery (1933–1995), Jeffrey Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare (1940-TBD), Emma Thompson (1959-TBD) and Emma Watson (1990-TBD).

1 comment:

Mega Munch said...

I like how still living people's death dates are "to be determined." Like God (or whomever) is sitting at his desk and his secretary is nagging him, "Did you finish this week's DD report yet?"

Per your request, my email addy is shoffner1974@yahoo.com.