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Today is Sunday, April 15, the 106th day of 2012. There are 260 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On April 15, 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.

On April 15, 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, while less than half as many survived.

On April 15, 1945, during World War II, British and Canadian troops liberated the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen.

On April 15, 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.)

On this date:
In 1071, Bari, the last Byzantine possession in southern Italy, is surrendered to Robert Guiscard.
In 1395, Tokhtamysh–Timur war: Battle of the Terek River: Timur defeats Tokhtamysh of the Golden Horde at the Volga. The Golden Horde capital city, Sarai, is razed to the ground and Timur installs a puppet ruler on the Golden Horde throne. Tokhtamysh escapes to Lithuania.
In 1450, Battle of Formigny: Toward the end of the Hundred Years' War, the French attack and nearly annihilate English forces, ending English domination in Northern France.
In 1632, Battle of Rain: Swedes under Gustavus Adolphus defeat the Holy Roman Empire during the Thirty Years' War.
In 1642, Irish Confederate Wars: A Confederate Irish militia is routed in the Battle of Kilrush when it attempts to halt the progress of the British Army.
In 1638, Tokugawa shogunate forces put down the Shimabara Rebellion when they retake Hara Castle from the rebels.
In 1715, Pocotaligo Massacre triggers the start of the Yamasee War in colonial South Carolina.
In 1738, Premiere in London, England, Great Britain of Serse, an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel.
In 1755, Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language is published in London.
In 1783, Preliminary articles of peace ending the American Revolutionary War (or American War of Independence) are ratified.
In 1802, William Wordsworth and his sister, Dorothy see a "long belt" of daffodils, inspiring the former to pen I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.
In 1817, Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc founded the American School for the Deaf, the first American school for deaf students, in Hartford, Connecticut.
In 1850, the city of San Francisco was incorporated.
In 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.)
In 1892, The General Electric Company is formed.
In 1896, Closing ceremony of the Games of the I Olympiad in Athens, Greece.
In 1900, Philippine–American War: Filipino guerrillas launch a surprise attack on U.S. infantry and begin a four-day siege of Catubig, Philippines.
In 1912, Kim Il Sung, North Korea's longtime Communist ruler, was born Kim Sung-ju in Mangyondae, near Pyongyang.
In 1920, Two security guards are murdered during a robbery in South Braintree, Mass. Anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti would be convicted of and executed for the crime, amid much controversy.
In 1921, Black Friday: mine owners announce more wage and price cuts, leading to the threat of a strike all across England.
In 1923, Insulin becomes generally available for use by people with diabetes.
In 1924, Rand McNally publishes its first road atlas.
In 1927, The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, the most destructive river flood in U.S. history, begins.
In 1935, Roerich Pact signed in Washington, D.C.
In 1936, First day of the Arab revolt in Palestine.
In 1940, The Allies begin their attack on the Norwegian town of Narvik which is occupied by Nazi Germany.
In 1941, In the Belfast Blitz, two-hundred bombers of the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) attack Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom killing one thousand people.
In 1942, The George Cross is awarded to "to the island fortress of Malta, its people and defenders" by King George VI.
In 1943, An Allied bomber attack misses the Minerva automobile factory and hits the Belgian town of Mortsel instead, killing 936 civilians.
In 1952, The maiden flight of the B-52 Stratofortress
In 1955, McDonald's restaurant dates its founding to the opening of a franchised restaurant by Ray Kroc, in Des Plaines, Illinois
In 1957, White Rock, British Columbia officially separates from Surrey, British Columbia and is incorporated as a new city.
In 1958, Walter O'Malley's Los Angeles Dodgers host the first Major League Baseball game played on the West Coast of the United States.
In 1959, Cuban leader Fidel Castro arrived in Washington to begin a goodwill tour of the United States. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles resigned for health reasons (he was succeeded by Christian A. Herter).
In 1960, At Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C., Ella Baker leads a conference that results in the creation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, one of the principal organizations of the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. The group's first chairman was future Washington D.C. mayor Marion Barry.
In 1969, The EC-121 shootdown incident: North Korea shoots down a United States Navy aircraft over the Sea of Japan, killing all 31 on board.
In 1970, During the Cambodian Civil War, massacres of the Vietnamese minority results in 800 bodies flowing down the Mekong River into South Vietnam.
In 1979, A disastrous earthquake (of M 7.1) occurs on Montenegro coast.
In 1986, the United States launched an air raid against Libya in response to the bombing of a discotheque in Berlin on April 5 that killed two U.S. servicemen; Libya said 37 people, mostly civilians, were killed.
In 1989, Hillsborough disaster: A human crush occurs at Hillsborough Stadium, home of Sheffield Wednesday, in the FA Cup Semi Final, resulting in the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans.
In 1989, Upon Hu Yaobang's death, the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 begin in the People's Republic of China.
In 1992, The National Assembly of Vietnam adopts the 1992 Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
In 1992, hotel magnate Leona Helmsley began serving a prison sentence for tax evasion (she was released from prison after 18 months).
In 1994, Representatives of 124 countries and the European Communities sign the Marrakesh Agreements revising the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and initiating the World Trade Organization (effective January 1, 1995).

Ten years ago: Four U.S. soldiers were killed in Afghanistan when rockets they were trying to destroy blew up. The Vatican announced that Pope John Paul II was summoning American cardinals to Rome for talks about sex abuse scandals in the U.S. church. A Chinese jetliner crashed in South Korea, killing 129 of the 166 people on board. Retired Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White died at age 84. Rodgers Rop led a Kenyan sweep of the Boston Marathon, winning in 2:09:02; Margaret Okayo, also of Kenya, won the women's race in 2:20:43.

Five years ago: Riot police beat and detained dozens of anti-Kremlin demonstrators in St. Petersburg, Russia, on a second day of protests against the government of President Vladimir Putin. Brant Parker, illustrator of "The Wizard of Id" comic strip, died in Lynchburg, Va., at age 86, just days after the passing of the strip's writer, Johnny Hart.

One year ago: The first of three days of tornadoes to strike the central and southern U.S. began; according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there were an estimated 177 twisters and at least 38 fatalities. NASA released a trove of data from its skymapping mission, allowing anyone with Internet access to peruse millions of galaxies, stars, asteroids.

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Today's Birthdays: Actor Michael Ansara is 90. Country singer Roy Clark is 79. Author and politician Jeffrey Archer is 72. Rock singer-guitarist Dave Edmunds is 68. Actor Michael Tucci is 66. Actress Lois Chiles is 65. Writer-producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason is 65. Actress Amy Wright is 62. Columnist Heloise is 61. Actress-screenwriter Emma Thompson is 53. Bluegrass musician Jeff Parker is 51. Singer Samantha Fox is 46. Rock musician Ed O'Brien (Radiohead) is 44. Actor Flex Alexander is 42. Actor Danny Pino is 38. Rock musician Patrick Carney (The Black Keys) is 32. Actor-writer Seth Rogen is 30. Actress Alice Braga is 29. Rock musician De'Mar Hamilton (Plain White T's) is 28. Actress Emma Watson is 22.

Other notable birthdays, April 15:
1940, Robert Walker Jr., American actor
1941, Howard Berman, American politician
1942, Francis X. DiLorenzo, American bishop
1942, Walt Hazzard, American basketball player
1947, Mike Chapman, British songwriter and producer
1956, Michael Cooper, American basketball player
1957, Evelyn Ashford, American athlete
1959, Thomas F. Wilson, American actor
1962, Tom Kane, American voice actor
1963, Bobby Pepper, American journalist
1965, Linda Perry, American singer-songwriter, musician, and producer (4 Non Blondes)
1967, Frankie Poullain, British musician (The Darkness)
1967, Dara Torres, American swimmer
1968, Ed O'Brien, British musician and songwriter (Radiohead)
1968, Stacey Williams, American model
1969, Jeromy Burnitz, American baseball player
1974, Mike Quinn, American football player
1974, Douglas Spain, American actor
1975, Phil Labonte, American singer and guitarist (All That Remains and Shadows Fall)
1978, Milton Bradley, American baseball player
1978, Tim Corcoran, American baseball player
1982, Michael Aubrey, American baseball player
1982, Anthony Green, American singer-songwriter and musician (Circa Survive, The Sound of Animals Fighting, Saosin, High and Driving, and Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer)
1984, Ben Kasica, American guitarist and producer (Skillet)
1985, Chris Cates, American baseball player
1985, John Danks, American baseball player
1985, Aaron Laffey, American baseball player
1992, Amy Diamond, Swedish singer and actress
1993, Madeleine Martin, American actress
1997, Maisie Williams, English actress
1998, Sharlene San Pedro, Filipino actress

Born on this day, April 15, passed away:
1452, Leonardo da Vinci, Italian Renaissance polymath (d. 1519)
1684, Catherine I of Russia (d. 1727)
1841, Joseph E. Seagram, Canadian politician, philanthropist, and founder of the Seagram Company Ltd (d. 1919)
1843, Henry James, American author (d. 1916)
1874, Johannes Stark, German physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1957)
1875, James J. Jeffries, American boxer (d. 1953)
1889, Thomas Hart Benton, American painter (d. 1975)
1889, A. Philip Randolph, American activist (d. 1979)
1892, Corrie ten Boom, Dutch author and Holocaust survivor (d. 1983)
1894, Nikita Khrushchev, Soviet politician, Premier of the Soviet Union (d. 1971)
1894, Bessie Smith, American singer (d. 1937)
1912, Kim Il-sung, Korean politician, President of North Korea (d. 1994)
1916, Alfred S. Bloomingdale, American heir and businessman (d. 1982)
1917, Hans Conried, American actor (d. 1982)
1922, Harold Washington, American politician (d. 1987)
1933, Elizabeth Montgomery, American actress (d. 1995)
1933, Jim Towers, English footballer (d. 2010)
1940, Willie Davis, American baseball player (d. 2010)
1940, Woodie Fryman, American baseball player (d. 2011)
1942, Kenneth Lay, American businessman (d. 2006)
1948, Michael Kamen, American composer (d. 2003)
1955, Dodi Al-Fayed, Egyptian film producer (d. 1997)
1975, Paul Dana, American race car driver (d. 2006)

Notable deaths, April 15:
1761, Archibald Campbell, 3rd Duke of Argyll, Scottish politician (b. 1682)
1764, Madame de Pompadour, French court, mistress of King Louis XV of France (b. 1721)
1865, Abraham Lincoln, American politician, 16th President of the United States (b. 1809)
1889, Father Damien, Flemish missionary (b. 1840)
1912, Victims of the RMS Titanic disaster
Edward Smith, English navy officer and captain of the RMS Titanic (b. 1850)
Henry Tingle Wilde, English chief officer (b. 1872)
William McMaster Murdoch, Scottish sailor and first officer (b. 1873)
Wallace Hartley,English violinist (b. 1878)
James Paul Moody, English sixth officer (b. 1887)
Jack Phillips, British wireless telegraphist (b. 1887)
John Jacob Astor IV, American businessman, real estate builder, investor, inventor, and writer (b. 1864)
Thomas Andrews, Irish businessman and shipbuilder (b. 1873)
William T. Stead English author and journalist (b. 1849)
Isidor Straus co-owner of Macy's department store and former Congressman from New York (b. 1845) and his wife, Rosalie Ida Blun (b. 1849)
Benjamin Guggenheim American businessman (b. 1865)
1949, Wallace Beery, American actor (b. 1885)
1970, Ripper Collins, American baseball player (b. 1904)
1971, Dan Reeves, American football team owner (b. 1912)
1975, Richard Conte, American actor (b. 1910)
1980, Raymond Bailey, American actor (b. 1904)
1980, Jean-Paul Sartre, French philosopher and writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1905)
1982, Arthur Lowe, British actor (b. 1915)
1983, Corrie ten Boom, Dutch author and Holocaust survivor (b. 1892)
1988, Kenneth Williams, English actor and comedian (b. 1926)
1989, Nesuhi Ertegün, American record executive (b. 1917)
1990, Greta Garbo, Swedish actress (b. 1905)
1993, Leslie Charteris, Singapore author (b. 1907)
1998, Pol Pot, Cambodian dictator (b. 1925)
1999, Harvey Postlethwaite, British engineer and race car designer (b. 1944)
2001, Joey Ramone, American singer-songwriter and musician (The Ramones and Sniper) (b. 1951)
2002, Damon Knight, American author (b. 1922)
2002, Byron "Whizzer" White, American football player and United States Supreme Court Justice (b. 1917)
2009, Ed Blake, American baseball player (b. 1925)

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

Today's Highlight in History:
On April 15, 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, while less than half as many survived.

One year ago: Five people were killed by a tornado in Woodward, Okla. Taliban insurgents struck the heart of the Afghan capital and three eastern cities. North Korea's new leader, Kim Jong Un, gave his first public speech since taking power, portraying himself as a strong military chief unafraid of foreign powers. Passengers and crew of the cruise ship MS Balmoral said prayers at the spot in the North Atlantic where the Titanic had sunk 100 years earlier.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Michael Ansara is 91. Country singer Roy Clark is 80. Author and politician Jeffrey Archer is 73. Rock singer-guitarist Dave Edmunds is 69. Actor Michael Tucci is 67. 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. Olympic gold, silver and bronze medal swimmer Dara Torres is 46. Rock musician Ed O'Brien (Radiohead) is 45. 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.

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Today is Tuesday, April 15, the 105th day of 2014. There are 260 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On April 15, 2013, two bombs packed with nails and other lethal metal shards exploded at the Boston Marathon finish line, killing two women and an 8-year-old boy and injuring more than 260 people. (Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges, including the use of a weapon of mass destruction; his brother and alleged accomplice, Tamerlan Tsarnaev (TAM'-ehr-luhn tsahr-NEYE'-ehv), died in a shootout with police.)

Ten years ago: In an audiotape, a man identifying himself as Osama bin Laden offered a "truce" to European countries that did not attack Muslims, saying it would begin when their soldiers left Islamic nations; key European nations, including Iraq war opponents Germany and France, vigorously rejected the overture. Iraqi militants freed three Japanese hostages after holding them about a week. In the finale to the first edition of the NBC reality show "The Apprentice," Donald Trump "hired" Bill Rancic (RAN'-sihk) over Kwame Jackson during a segment that was telecast live.

Five years ago: Whipped up by conservative commentators and bloggers, tens of thousands of protesters staged "tea parties" around the country to tap into the collective angst stirred up by a bad economy, government spending and bailouts. A U.S. Army master sergeant was convicted of murder at a court-martial in Vilseck, Germany in the 2007 killings of four bound and blindfolded Iraqis. (John Hatley initially received life in prison, but had his sentence later reduced to 40 years.) Pirates released the Greek-owned cargo ship Titan that had been hijacked off the Somali coast on March 19.

One year ago: Venezuela's electoral council quickly certified the razor-thin presidential victory of Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro. North Koreans celebrated the birthday of their first leader, Kim Il Sung, by dancing in plazas and snacking on peanuts. The Denver Post won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colo., while The New York Times captured four awards for reporting on a harrowing avalanche, the rise of a new aristocracy in China and the business practices of Apple and Wal-Mart. Adam Johnson's "The Orphan Master's Son" won the Pulitzer for fiction, while Ayad Akhtar's "Disgraced" won the drama prize.

Today's Birthdays: Country singer Roy Clark is 81. Author and politician Jeffrey Archer is 74. Rock singer-guitarist Dave Edmunds is 71. Actor Michael Tucci is 68. Actress Lois Chiles is 67. Writer-producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason is 67. Actress Amy Wright is 64. Columnist Heloise is 63. Actress-screenwriter Emma Thompson is 55. Bluegrass musician Jeff Parker is 53. Singer Samantha Fox is 48. Olympic gold, silver and bronze medal swimmer Dara Torres is 47. Rock musician Ed O'Brien (Radiohead) is 46. Actor Flex Alexander is 44. Actor Danny Pino is 40. Actor Douglas Spain is 40. Actor Luke Evans is 35. Rock musician Patrick Carney (The Black Keys) is 34. Actor-writer Seth Rogen is 32. Actress Alice Braga is 31. Rock musician De'Mar Hamilton (Plain White T's) is 30. Actress Emma Watson is 24.

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Today is Wednesday, April 15, the 105th day of 2015. There are 260 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On April 15, 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.

Ten years ago: A Paris hotel fire killed 24 people, many of them African immigrants. A Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Central Asian steppes, catapulting three crew members on a two-day journey to the International Space Station. The final first-run episode of the situation comedy "8 Simple Rules" aired on ABC.

Five years ago: An ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano drifted over northern Europe, causing the largest disruption of flights since the 2001 terror attacks. President Barack Obama, visiting the Kennedy Space Center, predicted his new space exploration plans would lead American astronauts to Mars and back in his lifetime. Civil rights leader Benjamin Hooks, onetime executive director of the NAACP, died in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 85.

One year ago: Boko Haram terrorists kidnapped some 276 girls from a school in northeastern Nigeria. Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the first anniversary of the attack with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's resilience. Five young people were stabbed to death in Calgary, Alberta, Canada; suspect Matthew Douglas de Grood has been charged.

Today's Birthdays: Country singer Roy Clark is 82. Author and politician Jeffrey Archer is 75. Rock singer-guitarist Dave Edmunds is 72. Actor Michael Tucci is 69. Actress Lois Chiles is 68. Writer-producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason is 68. Actress Amy Wright is 65. Columnist Heloise is 64. Actor Sam McMurray is 63. Actress-screenwriter Emma Thompson is 56. Bluegrass musician Jeff Parker is 54. Singer Samantha Fox is 49. Olympic gold, silver and bronze medal swimmer Dara Torres is 48. Rock musician Ed O'Brien (Radiohead) is 47. Actor Flex Alexander is 45. Actor Danny Pino is 41. Actor Douglas Spain is 41. Actor Luke Evans is 36. Rock musician Patrick Carney (The Black Keys) is 35. Actor-writer Seth Rogen is 33. Actress Alice Braga is 32. Rock musician De'Mar Hamilton (Plain White T's) is 31. Actress Emma Watson is 25. Actress Maisie Williams (TV: "Game of Thrones") is 18.

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Today is Friday, April 15, the 106th day of 2016. There are 260 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On April 15, 1912, the British luxury liner RMS Titanic foundered in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland more than 2 1/2 hours after hitting an iceberg; 1,514 people died, while less than half as many survived.

Ten years ago: [sign in to see URL] coalition forces using warplanes and artillery clashed with a small band of militants holed up in a house and a cave complex in eastern Afghanistan in fighting that killed at least seven Afghan civilians.

Five years ago: The first of three days of tornadoes to strike the central and southern U.S. began; according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there were an estimated 177 twisters and at least 38 fatalities.

One year ago: Douglas Hughes, a postal carrier from Florida, flew a one-person gyrocopter onto the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol as a protest against money in politics; he later pleaded guilty to operating a gyrocopter without a license, a felony. Former New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez was convicted in Fall River, Mass., of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison for a late-night shooting that claimed the life of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old landscaper who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.

Today's Birthdays: Country singer Roy Clark is 83. Actress Claudia Cardinale is 78. Author and politician Jeffrey Archer is 76. Rock singer-guitarist Dave Edmunds is 73. Actor Michael Tucci is 70. Actress Lois Chiles is 69. Writer-producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason is 69. Actress Amy Wright is 66. Columnist Heloise is 65. Actor Sam McMurray is 64. Actress-screenwriter Emma Thompson is 57. Bluegrass musician Jeff Parker is 55. Singer Samantha Fox is 50. Olympic gold, silver and bronze medal swimmer Dara Torres is 49. Rock musician Ed O'Brien (Radiohead) is 48. Actor Flex Alexander is 46. Actor Danny Pino is 42. Actor Douglas Spain is 42. Country singer/songwriter Chris Stapleton is 38. Actor Luke Evans is 37. Rock musician Patrick Carney (The Black Keys) is 36. Actor-writer Seth Rogen is 34. Actress Alice Braga is 33. Rock musician De'Mar Hamilton (Plain White T's) is 32. Actress Emma Watson is 26. Actress Maisie Williams is 19.

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Today is Saturday, April 15, the 105th day of 2017. There are 260 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson, baseball's first black major league player, made his official debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on opening day at Ebbets Field. (The Dodgers defeated the Boston Braves, 5-3.)

Ten years ago: Riot police beat and detained dozens of anti-Kremlin demonstrators in St. Petersburg, Russia, on a second day of protests against the government of President Vladimir Putin. Brant Parker, the original illustrator of "The Wizard of Id" comic strip, died in Lynchburg, Va., at age 86, just days after the passing of the strip's writer, Johnny Hart.

Five years ago: Six people were killed by a tornado in the Woodward, Okla., area. North Korea's new leader, Kim Jong Un, gave his first public speech since taking power upon death of his father, Kim Jong Il, the previous December, portraying himself as a strong military chief unafraid of foreign powers. Passengers and crew of the cruise ship MS Balmoral said prayers at the spot in the North Atlantic where the Titanic sank 100 years earlier.

One year ago: House Republicans departed Washington, having missed a deadline to pass their long-stalled budget in an embarrassment for House Speaker Paul Ryan. A North Korea missile launch meant to celebrate the birthday of the country's founder, Kim Il Sung, apparently ended in failure.

Today's Birthdays — April 15: Country singer Roy Clark is 84. Actress Claudia Cardinale is 79. Author and politician Jeffrey Archer is 77. Rock singer-guitarist Dave Edmunds is 74. Actor Michael Tucci is 71. Actress Lois Chiles is 70. Writer-producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason is 70. Actress Amy Wright is 67. Columnist Heloise is 66. Actor Sam McMurray is 65. Actress-screenwriter Emma Thompson is 58. Bluegrass musician Jeff Parker is 56. Singer Samantha Fox is 51. Olympic gold, silver and bronze medal swimmer Dara Torres is 50. Rock musician Ed O'Brien (Radiohead) is 49. Actor Flex Alexander is 47. Actor Danny Pino is 43. Actor Douglas Spain is 43. Country singer/songwriter Chris Stapleton is 39. Actor Luke Evans is 38. Rock musician Patrick Carney (The Black Keys) is 37. Actor-writer Seth Rogen is 35. Actress Alice Braga is 34. Americana singer-songwriter Margo Price is 34. Rock musician De'Mar Hamilton (Plain White T's) is 33. Actress Samira Wiley (TV: "Orange is the New Black") is 30. Actress Emma Watson is 27. Actress Maisie Williams is 20.

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Today is Sunday, April 15, the 105th day of 2018. There are 260 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On April 15, 2013, two bombs made from pressure cookers exploded at the Boston Marathon finish line, killing two women and an 8-year-old boy and injuring more than 260. Suspected bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a shootout with police; his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was tried, convicted and sentenced to death.

Ten years ago: Pope Benedict XVI stepped onto U.S. soil for the first time as pontiff as he was greeted at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington by President George W. Bush, first lady Laura Bush and their daughter Jenna. Bombings blamed on al-Qaida in Iraq tore through market areas in Baghdad and outside the capital, killing nearly 60 people. Actress Hazel Court, who costarred with Boris Karloff and Vincent Price in horror movies of the 1950s and '60s, died near Lake Tahoe, Calif., at age 82.

Five years ago: Venezuela's electoral council quickly certified the razor-thin presidential victory of Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro. North Koreans celebrated the birthday of their first leader, Kim Il Sung, by dancing in plazas and snacking on peanuts. The Denver Post won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colo., while The New York Times captured awards for reporting on a harrowing avalanche, the rise of a new aristocracy in China and the business practices of Apple and Wal-Mart. Adam Johnson's "The Orphan Master's Son" won the Pulitzer for fiction, while Ayad Akhtar's "Disgraced" won the drama prize.

One year ago: Thousands of chanting, sign-carrying protesters took to the streets in cities across the nation, demanding that President Donald Trump release his tax returns. North Korea paraded its intercontinental ballistic missiles in a massive military display in central Pyongyang as it celebrated the 1912 birthday of the country's founder, Kim Il Sung, with his grandson, Kim Jong Un, looking on with delight.

Today's Birthdays — April 15: Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, Icelandic educator and politician, 4th President of Iceland, is 88. Kenneth Bloomfield, Northern Irish civil servant, is 87. Country singer Roy Clark is 85. Raymond Poulidor, French cyclist, is 82. Actress Claudia Cardinale is 80. Marty Wilde, English singer-songwriter and actor, is 79. Author and politician Jeffrey Archer is 78. Robert Lacroix, Canadian economist and academic, is 78. Howard Berman, American lawyer and politician, is 77. Rock singer-guitarist Dave Edmunds is 75. Actor Michael Tucci is 72. Actress Lois Chiles is 71. Writer-producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason is 71. Phil Mogg, English singer-songwriter and musician (UFO), is 70. Actress Amy Wright is 68. Newspaper columnist Heloise Cruse Evans (Hints from Heloise) is 67. Actor Sam McMurray is 66. Michael Cooper, American basketball player and coach, is 62. Evelyn Ashford, American runner and coach, is 61. Actress-screenwriter Emma Thompson is 59. Kevin Lowe, Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and manager, is 59. Bluegrass musician Jeff Parker is 57. Singer Samantha Fox is 52. Olympic gold, silver and bronze medal swimmer Dara Torres is 51. Rock musician Ed O'Brien (Radiohead) is 50. Jeromy Burnitz, American baseball player, is 49. Actor Flex Alexander is 48. Jason Sehorn, American football player, is 47. Actor Danny Pino is 44. Actor Douglas Spain is 44. Country singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton is 40. Milton Bradley, American baseball player, is 40. Tim Corcoran, American baseball player, is 40. Actor Luke Evans is 39. Rock musician Patrick Carney (The Black Keys) is 38. Rock musician Zach Carothers (Portugal. The Man) is 37. Actor-writer Seth Rogen is 36. Actress Alice Braga is 35. Americana singer-songwriter Margo Price is 35. Rock musician De'Mar Hamilton (Plain White T's) is 34. Singer/actress Ester Dean is 32. Actress Samira Wiley is 31. Chris Tillman, American baseball pitcher, is 30. Actress Emma Watson (Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films) is 28. Daiki Arioka, Japanese idol, singer, and actor, is 27. Actor Cody Christian is 23. Actress Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) is 21.

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