2021 April

April 15: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on April 15

April 15th is the day we officially celebrate That Sucks! Day and Take a Wild Guess Day.

Welcome to the 105th day of the year! We’re gradually getting through the year, but we still have another 260 days until we reach the new year.

Those of you who were born on this day share the Aries star sign.

What can we say about April 15th? This day was a day of historical proportions. We are talking about battles and assassinations, historical figure deaths and major disasters. Yes, a gloomy day indeed, but it’s not all doom & gloom!

Did you know that on this day in 1870, Canada stopped accepting US silver coins as legal tender? Over five million dollars worth of US coins were handed in for exchange.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about April 15th in history!

What Happened On April 15 In History?

2019

The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris caught fire, which destroyed the roof.

OTD in 2019: The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris caught fire
Before the fire was fully extinguished the spire had collapsed.
2019

Aretha Franklin, who died August 16, 2018, won the Pulitzer Prize.

The Pulitzer board said the award was given to Franklin for "her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades".
2005

NASA launched a spacecraft to rendezvous with a small communication satellite.

While there were no issues with the launch, the mission ended when the spacecraft collided with the satellite.
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1976

The Apple Computer Company was founded by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

1912

The Titanic sunk at 2:20 am in the North Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Newfoundland.

OTD in 1912: The Titanic sunk at 2:20 am in the North Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Newfoundland.
The ship struck the iceberg the day before late in the evening. 1,514 lives were lost.
1870

Canada no longer accepted US silver coins as legal tender in the country.

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1865

President Abraham Lincoln died.

The day before, he was shot in the head by actor John Wilkes Booth at the Ford's Theatre, Washington D.C.
1729

St Matthew Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach premiered in Leipzig, Germany.

1534

The King of England, Henry VIII appointed Thomas Cromwell as the Chief Secretary.

1450

The Battle of Formigny came to an end as France defeated the last English forces.

Did you know that on this day, April 15th 1870, Canada stopped accepting US silver coins as legal tender?