Today in History for 15th April 2019

Historical Events

1850 – City of San Francisco incorporated
1878 – Harley Procter introduces Ivory Soap
1915 – NY Giant Rube Marquard no-hits Bkln, 2-0
1929 – 33rd Boston Marathon won by Canadian Johnny Miles in 2:33:08.6; his second win in the event
1957 – Congress gives Post Office $41M; restoring Saturday mail delivery
1997 – America On Line begins service in Japan

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Famous Birthdays

1707 – Leonhard Euler, Swiss mathematician (Euler’s Constant), born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1783)
1889 – Thomas Hart Benton, Missouri, painter/muralist (Lonesome Road)
1932 – Nikolai Stepanovich Porvatkin, Russian cosmonaut
1944 – Dave Edmunds, Welsh singer and guitarist (Rockpile – Girls Talk), born in Cardiff, Wales
1968 – Stacey Williams, model (SI Swimsuit 1996), born in Philadelphi, Pennsylvania
1980 – Natalie Casey, British actress

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Famous Deaths

1881 – Sophia Perovskaya, Soviet icon, aristocrat, and socialist revolutionary (Narodnaya Volya), who helped orchestrate the successful assassination of Tsar Alexander II of Russia, executed by hanging at 27
1975 – John B McKay, US test pilot (X-15), dies
1976 – Gerald Smith, antisemite/catholic (National Christian Crusade), dies at 78
1988 – Han G. Hoekstra, Dutch poet (Zandloper), dies at 81
1990 – Greta Garbo, Swedish actress (Anna Karenina, Camille), dies at 84
2012 – Murray Rose, Australian Olympic gold winning swimmer, dies from leukemia at 73

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