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Calendar for April 15th, 2014

1450s

  • Born 1452: Leonardo da Vinci (artist)

  • 1810s

  • 1817: American School for the Deaf founded in Hartford, Connecticut

  • 1850s

  • 1854: First state entomologist position approved, New York

  • 1860s

  • 1861: President Lincoln called for 75,000 Union militia volunteers

  • Died 1865: Abraham Lincoln (16th U.S. president)

  • 1870s

  • 1870: Last day U.S. silver coins allowed to circulate in Canada

  • 1890s

  • Born 1894: Bessie Smith (legendary blues singer)

  • 1910s

  • 1912: R.M.S. Titanic sank in early morning after striking iceberg on April 14th in late evening

  • 1920s

  • 1923: Insulin became available for general use

  • 1930s

  • Born 1933: Elizabeth Montgomery (actress)

  • 1950s

  • 1955: After acquiring franchising rights from the McDonald brothers, Dick and Maurice, Ray Kroc opened his first McDonald's chain restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois

  • Born 1959: Emma Thompson (actress)

  • 1960s

  • 1964: Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel opened, Virginia-Delmarva Peninsula

  • 1970s

  • 1974: First national lottery drawing in Canada

  • 1980s

  • Died 1980: Jean-Paul Sartre (writer & philosopher)

  • 1990s

  • Died 1990: Greta Garbo (actress)

  • Born 1990: Emma Watson (actress; plays Hermione in the Harry Potter films)

  • Died 1994: John Curry (figure skater)

  • 2000s

  • Died 2002: Byron White (Supreme Court justice)

  • 2010s

  • 2014: Total Eclipse of the Moon.


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