Born on this Day 15th April
1452 Leonardo Da Vinci
1875 James A. Jeffries
1933 Elizabeth Montgomery
1939 Marty Wilde
1940 Lord Jeffery Archer
1959 Emma Thompson
1963 Ardal O’Hanlan
1966 Samantha Fox
1971 Katy Hill
Died on this Day
1865 Abraham Lincoln
1984 Tommy Cooper
1988 Kenneth Williams
1966 The Rolling Stones released their ‘Aftermath’ album in the UK.
1972 Englebert Humperdinck spent his last week in the UK Top 20 with ‘Too Beautiful To Last’.
1972 The Royal Scots Dragoon topped the charts with ‘Amazing Grace’.
1982 Singer/songwriter Billy Joel was involved in a motor bike crash and spent over a month in Long Island hospital.
1961 At Wembley, England beat Scotland by 9-3 in the highest scoring football match between two countries.
1983 96 people were killed and over 200 injured at Hillsborough football ground
People & Showbiz
1988 Sir James (J M ) Barrie donated the copyright of his play ‘Peter Pan’ to London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children
1988 The Soviet authorities launched their first ever beauty contest in Moscow.
1912 On her maiden voyage, the allegedly unsinkable Titanic hit an iceberg and sank with the loss of 1,513 lives.
1945 Art treasures looted by the Germans during the war were discovered in an Austrian mine. They included paintings by Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Rubens, Goya and an altarpiece by Micelangelo.
1978 Joyce McKinney, accused of kidnapping and sexually abusing a young Mormon missionary, disappeared.
1984 Experts were investigating a substantial earth tremor which violently shook Newtown, Powys. The tremor was felt for several seconds at 10.08 on the Richter scale.
1970 The first hand held calculator was revealed to the Press by Japanese company Canon Business Machines.
1988 Public health officials were debating the correct method to fry an egg after a warning from American officials that lightly cooked eggs could lead to salmonella food poisoning.
1989 Animal rights extremists were blamed for an attack on a furriers in west London. Three men let off smoke bombs after threatening staff with handguns.
1991 The twelve Foreign Ministers of the European Community agreed to lift the sanctions imposed on South Africa.
1997 The Archbishop of Canterbury ruled out the possibility of the Church of England sanctioning same sex relationships among the clergy.