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This day in history

Today is Monday, April 15, the 105th day of 2013. There are 260 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Country singer Roy Clark is 80. Actor Michael Tucci is 67. Columnist Heloise is 62. Actress-screenwriter Emma Thompson is 54. Olympic gold, silver and bronze medal swimmer Dara Torres is 46. Actor-writer Seth Rogen is 31. Actress Emma Watson is 23.

In 1865, President Lincoln died, nine hours after being shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater in Washington.

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In 1912, the British luxury liner RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland at 2:20 a.m. ship’s time, more than 2½ hours after striking an iceberg; 1,514 people died.

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In 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.)

In 1986, the United States launched an air raid against Libya in response to the bombing of a discotheque in Berlin on April 5; Libya said 37 people, mostly civilians, were killed.

In 1989, students in Beijing launched a series of pro-democracy protests; the demonstrations culminated in a government crackdown at Tiananmen Square.