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Notable Historical Events for April 15th

1689French King Louis XIV declares war on Spain

1729Johann Sebastian Bach's "St Matthew Passion" premieres in Leipzig

1927Babe Ruth hits 1st of 60 HRs of season (off A's Howard Ehmke)

1997Baseball honors Jackie Robinson by retiring #42 for all teams

1947Jackie Robinson becomes 1st African-American to play in US major league baseball (Dodgers)

1911Walter Johnson pitches a record tying 4 strike outs in an inning

1955Ray Kroc starts McDonald's chain of fast food restaurants (Illinois)

1991Magic Johnson sets NBA record for career assistswith 9,898

1865Otto Von Bismarck elevated to rank of Count of Bismarck-Sch├Ânhausen

1493-20/4 Barcelona] Columbus meets with King Ferdinand & Isabella

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Notable Birthdays on April 15th

1933Elizabeth Montgomery, Los Angeles California, actress (Samantha/Serena-Bewitched)

1875James J. Jeffries, Carroll Ohio, American heavyweight boxer

1908Lita Grey, Hollywood California, American actress

1894Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev, Kalinovka, Dmitriyevsky Uyezd, Kursk Governorate, First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1953-64)

1452Leonardo da Vinci, Italy, painter/sculptor/scientist/visionary

1990Emma Watson, Paris, France, English actress (Hermione Granger-Harry Potter Series)

1943Robert Lefkowitz, NYC, New York, American physician (Nobel Prize for Chemistry)

1982Seth Rogen, Canadian actor and writer

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Notable Weddings on April 15th

1953Ice hockey player Gordie Howe (25) weds sports agent Colleen Joffa (20) at Calvary Presbyterian Church

1978Novelist Danielle Steel (30) weds William George Toth

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Notable Deaths on April 15th

1865Abraham Lincoln, 16th American president, dies from gunshot wound at 56

1888Matthew Arnold, English poet, dies at 65

1980Jean-Paul Sartre, existentialist philosopher and writer (Nobel 1964), dies in Paris at 74

1948Philippine president Manuel Roxas, dies of heart attack at 56

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