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April 15 Historical Events

The following events took place on April 15. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 46 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 769
    The Lateran Council condemned the Council of Hieria and anathematized its iconoclastic rulings.
  • 1071
    Bari, the last Byzantine possession in southern Italy, is surrendered to Robert Guiscard.
  • 1395
    Tokhtamysh–Timur war: Battle of the Terek River: Timur defeats Tokhtamysh of the Golden Horde at the Volga. The Golden Horde capital city, Sarai, is razed to the ground and Timur installs a puppet ruler on the Golden Horde throne. Tokhtamysh escapes to Lithuania.
  • 1450
    Battle of Formigny: Toward the end of the Hundred Years’ War, the French attack and nearly annihilate English forces, ending English domination in Northern France.
  • 1632
    Battle of Rain: Swedes under Gustavus Adolphus defeat the Holy Roman Empire during the Thirty Years’ War.
  • 1642
    Irish Confederate Wars: A Confederate Irish militia is routed in the Battle of Kilrush when it attempts to halt the progress of a Parliamentarian army.
  • 1715
    The Pocotaligo Massacre triggers the start of the Yamasee War in colonial South Carolina.
  • 1738
    Serse, an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel receives its premiere performance in London, England.
  • 1755
    Samuel Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language is published in London.
  • 1783
    Preliminary articles of peace ending the American Revolutionary War (or American War of Independence) are ratified.
  • 1802
    William Wordsworth and his sister, Dorothy see a “long belt” of daffodils, inspiring the former to pen I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.
  • 1817
    Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc founded the American School for the Deaf, the first American school for deaf students, in Hartford, Connecticut.
  • 1861
    President Abraham Lincoln calls for 75,000 Volunteers to quell the insurrection that soon became the American Civil War
  • 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.
  • 1892
    The General Electric Company is formed.
  • 1896
    Closing ceremony of the Games of the I Olympiad in Athens, Greece.
  • 1900
    Philippine–American War: Filipino guerrillas launch a surprise attack on U.S. infantry and begin a four-day siege of Catubig, Philippines.
  • 1907
    Triangle Fraternity is founded at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1921
    Black Friday: Mine owners announce more wage and price cuts, leading to the threat of a strike all across England.
  • 1922
    U.S. Senator John B. Kendrick of Wyoming introduces a resolution calling for an investigation of a secret land deal, which leads to the discovery of the Teapot Dome scandal.
  • 1923
    Insulin becomes generally available for use by people with diabetes.
  • 1924
    Rand McNally publishes its first road atlas.
  • 1927
    The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, the most destructive river flood in U.S. history, begins.
  • 1935
    Roerich Pact signed in Washington, D.C.
  • 1936
    First day of the Arab revolt in Mandatory Palestine.
  • 1936
    Aer Lingus (Aer Loingeas) is founded by the Irish government as the national airline of the Republic of Ireland.
  • 1940
    The Allies begin their attack on the Norwegian town of Narvik which is occupied by Nazi Germany.
  • 1941
    In the Belfast Blitz, two-hundred bombers of the German Luftwaffe attack Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom killing one thousand people.

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