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1850 The city of San Francisco was incorporated.
1865 President Abraham Lincoln died, nine hours after being shot the night before by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater in Washington. Andrew Johnson became the nation's 17th president.
1874 An exhibition of paintings by 30 artists, including Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Paul Cezanne, opened in Paris. (A critic derisively referred to the painters as "Impressionists," a name which stuck.)
1912 The British luxury liner RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland at 2:20 a.m. ship's time, more than two hours after striking an iceberg; 1,514 people died, while less than half as many survived.
1943 The Ayn Rand novel The Fountainhead was first published by Bobbs-Merrill Co.
1945 During World War II, British and Canadian troops liberated the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen.
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.)
1989 Ninety-six people died in a crush of soccer fans at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England. Students in Beijing launched a series of pro-democracy protests; the demonstrations culminated in a government crackdown at Tiananmen Square.
1998 Pol Pot, the notorious leader of the Khmer Rouge, died at age 73, evading prosecution for the deaths of two million Cambodians.
In The Star
April 15, 1938, in The Star: A delegation from the Anniston Axis Club visited the Anniston City Council meeting last night to request that lights be installed in Zinn Park. The request was referred to a committee. Meanwhile, trying to figure out what to do about overcrowded parking conditions downtown, another committee will commence a wide survey of those who work and shop there with an eye toward learning whether a one-hour parking limit would be feasible in the business district.
April 15, 1988, in The Star: Jacksonville State University's hopes for growth after several no-growth years have been dealt a blow by the Army's halt to tuition assistance for soldiers. The cut, which was reported at the end of February, was brought about by budget cuts to deal with the federal deficit. "We would like to grow to 7,200 students next year," JSU President Dr. Harold McGee said this week. "We felt good about that until the decisions made by the Department of Defense to reduce education funding. We expect that to depress enrollment." As also reported earlier, JSU also lost a $500,000 contract to provide a communicative skills program at the fort's chemical school and MP school. The three-year contract was terminated by the Army after only three months. Also this date: Anniston Star photographer Stephen Gross has won first prize in the 1987 Alabama Associated Press Association contest in the category of color sports photography for smaller daily newspapers.
Birthdays for April 15
Actor Michael Ansara is 91. Country singer Roy Clark is 80. Actress Lois Chiles is 66. Writer-producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason is 66. Actress Amy Wright is 63. Columnist Heloise is 62. Actress-screenwriter Emma Thompson is 54. Bluegrass musician Jeff Parker is 52. Singer Samantha Fox is 47. Actor Flex Alexander is 43. Actor Danny Pino is 39. Actor Douglas Spain is 39. Rock musician Patrick Carney (The Black Keys) is 33. Actor-writer Seth Rogen is 31. Actress Alice Braga is 30. Rock musician De'Mar Hamilton (Plain White T's) is 29. Actress Emma Watson is 23.
How I Met Your Mother, 7 p.m. on CBS: The Captain (Kyle MacLachlan) wants Lily (Alyson Hannigan) to come to Rome with him as his art consultant, but she worries about how Marshall (Jason Segel) will react. Ted and Barney (Josh Radnor, Neil Patrick Harris) are obsessed with a woman who's hiding her body under an unflattering coat in this new episode.
2 Broke Girls, 8 p.m. on CBS: Caroline (Beth Behrs) develops a skin rash after spending a night with her ex, Andy (Ryan Hansen), throwing her into a panic in this new episode.
Defiance, 8 p.m. on SyFy: This new series is set in 2046, when Earth has been transformed and its landscape permanently altered by the arrival of seven alien races. (Silly writers — don't they know that doesn't happen until the Vulcans arrive in 2063?) Viewers follow an immersive character drama set in the boomtown of Defiance, which sits atop the ruins of St. Louis, while in a corresponding video game, players experience the frontier of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Mike & Molly, 8:30 p.m. on CBS: Molly and Peggy (Melissa McCarthy, Rondi Reed) try to set their differences aside for Mike (Billy Gardell), whose birthday wish is for them to get along, but that's easier said than done when they start planning his party in this new episode.
Hawaii Five-0, 9 p.m. on CBS: As McGarrett and Catherine (Alex O'Loughlin, Michelle Borth) cross into North Korea to retrieve a fallen friend's remains, he tells her about his last mission there in this new episode, a prequel to the show's pilot. Jimmy Buffett and Terry O'Quinn reprise their guest roles.
Dallas, 9 p.m. on TNT: Season 2 wraps up with two back-to-back episodes. After Bobby (Patrick Duffy) reveals more of J.R.'s master plan to John Ross and Pamela (Josh Henderson, Julie Gonzalo) and asks for their help, the family unites to execute the plan, with each person trying to make it come out to his or her advantage, and it's finally revealed who killed J.R. We presume it wasn't Kristen.
Revolution, 9:01 p.m. on NBC: Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) disappears, and his son (JD Pardo) makes a big decision, causing Monroe (David Lyons) paranoia. As Miles' (Billy Burke) family bond with Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) strengthens, he's attracted to both Nora and Rachel (Daniella Alonso, Elizabeth Mitchell), but the latter is bent on infiltrating the Tower and restoring power before Monroe ignites a nuclear device in this new episode.
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