Politics TODAY APRIL 15TH IN HISTORY, 12 THINGS THAT HAPPENED By Reginald - April 15, 2017 0 624 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter tweet Today April 15th, we will be highlighting twelve things that happened in the world. — 1 — 1912: RMS Titanic sinks The British luxury liner RMS Titanic founders in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland more than 2 1/2 hours after hitting an iceberg; 1,514 people die, while less than half as many survived. — 2 — 2013: Boston Marathon bombing Two bombs explode at the Boston Marathon finish line, killing two women and an 8-year-old boy and injuring more than 260. — 3 — 1892: General Electric is formed General Electric Co., formed by the merger of the Edison Electric Light Co. and other firms, is incorporated in Schenectady, New York. — 4 — 1998: Pol Pot dies The Cambodian politician and revolutionary, who led the Khmer Rouge from 1963 to 1997, dies at the age of 72. — 5 — 1817: First American school for the deaf opens (Hartford Conn) Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet opens America’s oldest existing school for the deaf in Hartford, Connecticut. — 6 — 1989: Chinese students launch pro-democracy protests Students in Beijing launch a series of pro-democracy protests; the demonstrations culminated in a government crackdown at the Tiananmen Square. — 7 — 1989: Britain’s Hillsborough football stadium disaster 96 people die in a crush of soccer fans at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England. — 8 — 1959: Fidel Castro in the US Cuban leader Fidel Castro arrives in Washington to begin a goodwill tour of the United States. — 9 — 1947: Jackie Robinson becomes first African-American to play in MLB Jackie Robinson, baseball’s first African-American major league player, makes his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field. — 10 — 1945: British Army liberates Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen During World War II, British and Canadian troops liberate the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen. — 11 — 1940: Jeffrey Archer is born Jeffrey Archer, best selling novelist, is born in Somerset, England. His famous work includes, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less, Shall We Tell the President?, First Among Equals , As the Crow Flies, and The Fourth Estate. 1923: Insulin goes mainstream Insulin becomes generally available for people suffering with diabetes.