fb-pixel Skip to main content

Today is Friday, April 10, the 100th day of 2015. There are 265 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Max von Sydow is 86. Actor Omar Sharif is 83. Sportscaster John Madden is 79. Actor Steven Seagal is 64. Actor Peter MacNicol is 61. Singer-producer Kenneth ‘‘Babyface’’ Edmonds is 57. Musician Brian Setzer is 56. Blues singer Shemekia Copeland is 36. Actress Laura Bell Bundy is 34. Actor Barkhad Abdi is 30. Actor Haley Joel Osment is 27.

In 1815, the Mount Tambora volcano on the Indonesian island of Sumbawa exploded in one of the largest eruptions in recorded history, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths.


In 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee, a day after surrendering his army at Appomattox Court House, said farewell to his men, praising them for their ‘‘unsurpassed courage.’’

In 1912, the RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England, on its ill-fated maiden voyage.

In 1925, the novel ‘‘The Great Gatsby,’’ F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age evocation of empty materialism, shattered illusion, and thwarted romance, was first published by Scribner’s.

In 1947, Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey purchased the contract of Jackie Robinson from Montreal Royals.

In 1963, the nuclear submarine USS Thresher sank during deep-diving tests east of Cape Cod, killing 127 people.

In 1998, the Northern Ireland peace talks concluded as negotiators reached a landmark settlement to end 30 years of bitter rivalries and bloody attacks.

Last year, CBS named Stephen Colbert to succeed the retiring David Letterman as host of the ‘‘Late Show.’’