On This Day in History, April 15

If you’re a food lover and enjoy fast-food restaurants. Would you believe that on this day, Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald’s Inc. fast food restaurant in Illinois? Find out other happenings of this day, April 15 in history.

Take a look!

  • 1755-Samuel Johnson’s “A Dictionary of the English Language” was published in London.
  • 1877-Boston-Somerville installed the world’s 1st telephone in Massachusetts.
  • 1926-The French Franc dropped against the US Dollar to an all-time low of 29.73 to the Dollar.
  • 1927-15 inches of rainfall in 18 hours caused the Mississippi River to break out of its levee system at 145 locations, more than Twenty-seven thousand square miles of land is flooded in 10 states.
  • 1937-Countries around the world were seeking to intervene in the Spanish Civil War and to ask all parties to join peace talks.
  • 1946-Nearly 30 million people in China are close to dying of starvation, and countries of the world are trying to send food aid.
  • 1947-Jackie Robinson became the first African American player in Major League Baseball when he steps onto Ebbets Field in Brooklyn to compete for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • 1955-Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald’s Inc. fast food restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois.
  • 1960-Guy Carawan sang “We Shall Overcome” to a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Raleigh – popularizing the song as a protest anthem.
  • 1977-Roman Polanski, the director of China Town and Rosemary’s baby, pleads innocence to the charge of drug rape of 13 yr old girl.
  • 1992-Leona Helmsley started her four-year prison term in Lexington, Kentucky for failing to pay her taxes, she served a total of only 18 months in jail.
  • 2008- As food prices across the world continued to increase due to gas prices, poor harvests, and the increased use of ethanol-based fuel.
  • 2008-Pope Benedict XVI received a Presidential greeting from George Bush on his first official visit to the United States.
  • 2010-President Barack Obama announced that it is likely for astronauts to be sent to orbit Mars by the mid-2030s.
  • 2011-A replica of the Graceland Estate owned by Elvis Presley was opened in Randers, Denmark.
  • 2011-Grammy-winning pop singer Christina Aguilera divorced music executive Jordan Bratman on this day.
  • 2012-North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made his first major public speech in office, during a celebration of the centenary of the country’s founder’s birth.
  • 2013-A rare type of anteater was found on a Chinese fishing boat after it crashed in the Tubbataha reef.
  • 2013-Two pressure cooker bombs were set off at the Boston Marathon near the finish line.
  • 2014-An estimate of over two hundred girls were taken from their school after an attack by the Boko Haram Islamist militant group in Chibok, Nigeria.

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