April 15th Today in Worldwide History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1755 Samuel Johnson‘s “A Dictionary of the English Language” published in London

1861 Federal army (75,000 volunteers) mobilized by US President Abraham Lincoln (US Civil War)

1874 First ‘Impressionist’ exhibition opens in Paris, features Claude MonetEdgar DegasPierre Auguste RenoirCamille Pissarro and Berthe Morisot

1877 Boston-Somerville installs the world’s 1st telephone in Massachusetts

1912 RMS Titanic sinks at 2:27 AM off Newfoundland as the band plays on, with the loss of between 1,490 and 1,635 people

Today’s Historical Events

69 Battle at Bedriacum, North-Italy

1205 Battle at Adrianople: Bulgaria beats Emp Boudouin of Constantinople

1250 Kublai is acclaimed the Great Khan by a Mongol Great Council

1250 Pope Innocent IV refuses Jews of Cordova, Spain their request to build a synagogue

1385 At war with Castile, John I of Portugal instructs his ambassadors to negotiate an alliance with Richard II of England and to raise loans to pay his troops

1450 Battle of Formigny: French defeat the English decisively in the Hundred Years’ War, paving the way for the capture of English strongholds in Normandy

1493 -20/4] Columbus meets with the Spanish monarchs Isabella I and Ferdinand II in Barcelona

1528 Pánfilo the Narváez, Spanish conquistador arrives in Florida with 350 men to a hostile reception from native indians

Today’s Historical Events in Flim and TV

1948 KCPX (now KTVX) TV channel 4 in Salt Lake City, UT (ABC) 1st broadcast

1953 WHP TV channel 21 in Harrisburg, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting

1954 KARK TV channel 4 in Little Rock, AR (NBC) begins broadcasting

1954 WHO TV channel 13 in Des Moines, IA (NBC) begins broadcasting

1957 KTVI TV channel 2 in Saint Louis, MO (ABC) begins broadcasting

1958 10th Emmy Awards: Gunsmoke, Robert Young & Jane Wyatt win

1961 Meredith Willson’s musical “The Music Man”, starring Robert Preston and Barbara Cook, closes at Majestic Theater, NYC. after 1375 performances, 5 Tony Awards, and a Grammy

1963 Steve Allen‘s musical “Sophie”, based on the life of American singer, and comic actress Sophie Tucker, opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 8 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1729 Johann Sebastian Bach‘s “St Matthew Passion” premieres in Leipzig

1738 Premiere in London of “Serse”, an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel

1960 Guy Carawan sings “We Shall Overcome” to a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Raleigh – popularising the song as a protest anthem

1965 James Baldwin‘s 1954 stage drama “The Amen Corner” opens at Ethel Barrymore Theater, NYC; runs for 84 performances

1966 The Rolling Stones release “Aftermath”, their fourth studio album in UK (6th in US)

1967 “Wait A Minim!” closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 457 performances

1970 “Cry for Us All” closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 8 performances

1971 “70, Girls, 70” opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 35 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1896 1st modern Summer Olympic Games close in Athens, Greece; USA wins gold medal count, 11; Greece wins total medal count, 46; IOC has retroactively assigned gold, silver & bronze medals to 3 best placed athletes in each event

1901 5th Boston Marathon won for second straight year by Canadian Jim Caffrey in race record 2:29:23.6

1907 11th Boston Marathon won by Canadian Tom Longboat in race record 2:24:24

1910 William Howard Taft is first US President to throw out the 1st ball at a baseball game

1911 Walter Johnson pitches a record tying 4 strike outs in an inning

1912 16th Boston Marathon won by Mike Ryan in race record 2:21:18.2

1915 NY Giant Rube Marquard no-hits Bkln, 2-0

1918 22nd Boston Marathon won by Camp Devens relay team; race run as relay for 10-man military teams