15 April 2021 (MIA)
– World Consumer Rights Day
1850 – The city of San Francisco was incorporated.
1861 – Three days after the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter, President Lincoln declared a state of insurrection and called out Union troops.
1865 – President Lincoln died, several hours after he was shot at Ford’s Theater in Washington by John Wilkes Booth. Andrew Johnson became the nation’s 17th president.
1892 – General Electric Co., formed by the merger of the Edison Electric Light Co. and other firms, was incorporated in New York State.
1912 – The British luxury liner Titanic sank in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland, less than three hours after striking an iceberg. About 1,500 people died.
1945 – During World War II, British and Canadian troops liberated the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen.
1945 – President Roosevelt, who had died April 12, was buried at the Roosevelt family home in Hyde Park, N.Y.
1947 – Jackie Robinson, baseball’s first black major league player, made his official debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on opening day. (The Dodgers defeated the Boston Braves, 5-3.)
1959 – Cuban leader Fidel Castro arrived in Washington to begin a goodwill tour of the United States.
1980 – Macedonian writer Vancho Nikoleski died in Ohrid. He was a member the Macedonian Writers Association since 1950. He wrote the famous poetry collection “Makedonce” published in 1946 and set foundations of the contemporary children literature in Macedonia. Some of his most famous works are: “School Bell”, “By the Fireplace”, “First Joy”, “The Miracle Flute” and others. He was born on June 10, 1912 in the village of Crvena Voda, Ohrid region.
1989 – 95 people died in a crush of soccer fans at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England.
1990 – Actress Greta Garbo died in New York at age 84.
1992 – Russia’s deeply divided Congress of People’s Deputies formally endorsed President Boris Yeltsin’s economic reforms. Countries barred Libyan jets from their airspace and ordered diplomats to go home because of Libya’s refusal to turn over suspects in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. Hotel magnate Leona Helmsley began serving a prison sentence for tax evasion (she was released from prison after 18 months).
1992 – Aleksandar Matovski, holder of the first doctorate in historical science in Macedonia and the first expert of the Orient history, died in Skopje, he was born on May 30, 1922 in Krusevo.
1992 – The first recruits of the Macedonian Army arrived in the barracks in Skopje, Bitola, Stip and Ohrid.
1997 – The Justice Department inspector general reported that FBI crime lab agents produced flawed scientific work or inaccurate testimony in major cases such as the Oklahoma City bombing. In Saudi Arabia, fire destroyed a tent city outside Mecca, killing at least 343 Muslim pilgrims. Jackie Robinson’s number 42 was retired 50 years after he became the first black player in major league baseball.
1997 – One of the founders of the Faculty of law in Skopje, Ivan Puhan Sc.D. died in Skopje. He was born in 1916.
1999 – In Rawalpindi, Pakistan, a panel of two Lahore High Court judges convicted former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, of corruption.
2000 – 600 anti-IMF (International Monetary Fund) protesters were arrested in Washington, DC, for demonstrating without a permit.
2010 – In Prospect Harbor, ME, the Stinson Seafood plant stopped sardine processing after 135 years in operation.