On this day

England national football team at Empire Stadium, London 28th October 1959. front row: John Connelly, Jimmy Greaves, Ronnie Clayton (captain), Brian Clough, and Edwin Holliday. In 1961, Jimmy Greaves scored a hat-trick in a 9-3 win over Scotland. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day: What happened on 15 April?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day

England national football team at Empire Stadium, London 28th October 1959. front row: John Connelly, Jimmy Greaves, Ronnie Clayton (captain), Brian Clough, and Edwin Holliday. In 1961, Jimmy Greaves scored a hat-trick in a 9-3 win over Scotland. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 15 April, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 15 APRIL

2019 | The cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris in France was badly damaged by a massive fire.

2014 | In the worst massacre in South Sudan’s civil war, at least 200 civilians were shot dead after seeking refuge in houses of worship as well as hospitals.

2013 | Two bombs exploded near the finish line at the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts, three people were killed, and injured 264 others.

2013 | A wave of bombings in Iraq killed at least 75 people.

1989 | Hillsborough Disaster: A humanitarian catastrophe occurred at Hillsborough Stadium, home of Sheffield Wednesday, in the FA Cup Semi-Final, resulting in the deaths of 96 Liverpool supporters.

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BIRTHDAYS

1931 | Swedish poet, translator, and psychologist Nobel Prize laureate, Tomas Tranströmer, died in 2015. 

1947 | American screenwriter and producer, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason. 

1971 | French rugby player, Philippe Carbonneau. 

1986 | French footballer, Sylvain Marveaux. 

1977 | American ice hockey player, Brian Pothier. 

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

1943 | Russian painter and set designer, Aristarkh Lentulov, 61.

2004 | Japanese illustrator, Mitsuteru Yokoyama,70.

2018 | American actor, R. Lee Ermey, 74. 

2011 | Italian journalist, author, and activist, Vittorio Arrigoni, 36.

1962 | Filipino journalist and politician, Mayor of Manila, Arsenio Lacson, 50.

SPORTS

1961 | On this day, England thumped Scotland 9-3 at Wembley. Jimmy Greaves scored a hat-trick and Scotland’s keeper Frank Haffey had a nightmare.

ENTERTAINMENT 

2011 | The first premier of “Lemonade Mouth” on Disney Channel was on this day.

AFRICA FACT

Uganda’s economy is largely based on agriculture and its largest export is Coffee.