On This Day April 15

History Highlights

1865 – President Abraham Lincoln dies from the gunshot wound he sustained the night before while watching a play at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. Lincoln’s death comes only six days after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his massive army, effectively ending the American Civil War.

1912 – More than 1,500 lives are lost in the early morning hours when the luxury liner Titanic sinks after striking an iceberg in the North Atlantic on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City. 

1947 – Jackie Robinson becomes the first African American in baseball’s major leagues when he debuts with the Brooklyn Dodgers. This becomes a landmark event not only for the sport, but for the U.S. civil rights movement.

1955 – The golden arches rise in Des Plaines, Illinois with the opening of the first McDonald’s restaurant. Customers pay just 15 cents for a hamburger. The restaurant is built for drive-through service only, with indoor seating eventually added in 1962.

1959 – Four months after leading a successful revolution in Cuba, Fidel Castro begins an 11-day U.S. visit. It comes amid escalating tensions between his regime and the American government.

1997 – On the 50 anniversary of his first Major League Baseball game, the league retires Jackie Robinson’s number, 42. Robinson becomes the only player in MLB history to have his number retired across all teams, a sign of the reverence with which he is regarded decades after leading the charge to integrate the major leagues.

2013 – Two bombs go off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three spectators and wounding more than 260 others. Four days later, after an intense manhunt, authorities capture one of the bombing suspects, 19-year-old Dzhohkar Tsarnaev. His older brother and fellow suspect, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, dies following a shootout with police earlier that same day.

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Somethin' Stupid

Frank and Nancy Sinatra

Saturday Night Fever (Original Movie Soundtrack)

Bee Gees, Tavares, KC and the Sunshine Band, Yvonne Elliman and other artists

The Last Night on the Titanic: Unsinkable Drinking, Dining, and Style

Veronica Hinke

I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson

Sense and Sensibility

Starring Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet, and directed by Ang Lee

50/50

Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anna Kendrick, and directed by Jonathan Levine

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Love Me Tender

Starring Richard Egan, Debra Paget and Elvis Presley, and directed by Robert D. Webb

ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits

ABBA

Fast Food Nation

Eric Schlosser

The English Patient

Starring Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche and Willem Dafoe, and directed by Anthony Minghella

Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe

Laurie Lisle

Demolition Man

Starring Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock and Bob Gunton, and directed by Marco Brambilla

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Hot Rocks (1964-1971)

The Rolling Stones

Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix

Charles R. Cross

Grinding It Out: The Making of McDonald's

Ray Kroc

A Royal Duty

Paul Burrell

Dark Side of the Moon

Pink Floyd

Do the Right Thing

Starring Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Rosie Perez and Spike Lee, who also directed