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.
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.
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.