April 15: Day of the Week
April 15, 2016 was the 106th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 260 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Friday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is vendredi.
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Here’s the April calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Aries is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
April 15 Historical Event(s)
- 1715Pocotaligo Massacre triggers the start of the Yamasee War in colonial South Carolina.
- 1738Premiere in London, England, Great Britain of Serse, an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel.
- 1802William Wordsworth and his sister, Dorothy see a “long belt” of daffodils, inspiring the former to pen I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.
- 1892The General Electric Company is formed.
- 1912The British passenger liner, the RMS Titanic, sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two and a half hours after hitting an iceberg. 1,517 people are killed.
- 1924Rand McNally publishes its first road atlas.
- 1941In the Belfast Blitz, two-hundred bombers of the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) attack Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom killing one thousand people.
- 1942The George Cross is awarded to “to the island fortress of Malta – its people and defenders” by King George VI.
- 1945The Bergen-Belsen concentration camp is liberated.
- 1947Jackie Robinson debuts for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking baseball’s color line.
Who were born on April 15?
- 1646King Christian V of Denmark (d. 1699)
- 1741Charles Willson Peale, American painter, soldier and naturalist (d. 1827)
- 1942Kenneth Lay, American businessman (d. 2006)
- 1946Pete Rouse, American White House Chief of Staff to President Obama
- 1952Brian Muir, British sculptor and creator of Darth Vader
- 1952Sam McMurray, American actor
- 1958Memos Ioannou, Greek basketball player
- 1967Dara Torres, American swimmer
- 1991Daiki Arioka, Japanese actor & singer
- 1992Richard Sandrak, American bodybuilder
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