What Happened on April 15


Historical Events

69 – Battle at Bedriacum, North-Italy
1952 – Franklin National Bank issues 1st bank credit card
1970 – Libyan leader Gadaffi launches “Green Revolution”
1988 – Meteorite explode above Indonesia
1989 – Sue Marchiano wins 3rd World Cup female marathon (2:30:48)
1991 – Sacramento Kings set NBA record, losing 35th consecutive game on road

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Famous Birthdays

1820 – Evander McNair, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Laurel Hill, North Carolina (d. 1902)
1875 – James J. Jeffries, American heavyweight boxer, born in Carroll, Ohio (d. 1953)
1887 – Mike Brady, American golfer (US Open 1911, 19 runner-up; 9 PGA Tour titles), born in Brighton, Massachusetts (d. 1972)
1894 – Bessie Smith, American blues singer known as the “Empress of the Blues” (recorded over 200 songs), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1937)
1944 – John Wilbraham, British classical, baroque, and session trumpeter (Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields; English Chamber Orchestra; The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour), and educator, born in Bournemouth, England (d. 1998)
1947 – Cristina Husmark Pehrsson, Swedish politician, born in Uddevalla, Sweden

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Famous Deaths

1954 – Arthur Fickenscher, American microtonal composer, and educator (University of Virginia, 1920-41), dies at 82
1967 – Totò [Antonio De Curtis], Italian actor (Motorizzate; Noi Duri) commonly referred to as the most popular Italian comedian of all time, dies from a heart attack at 69
1989 – Hu Yaobang, Chinese communist official and General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (1982-87), dies of a heart attack at 73
1990 – Ulrich Becher, German writer and playwright, dies at 80
2003 – Reg Bundy, British performer, dies at 56
2017 – Clifton James, American actor (Live and Let Die, Silver Streak), dies at 96

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