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On April the 15th
An Air China flight to South Korea crashed near Pusan, South Korea, 128 people die in the crash.
Cambodian dictator, Pol Pot, died at the age of 73. His regime was considered as one of he most repressive communist regimes of the 20th century and over two million people are rumoured to have died over the course of his 3 year leadership (1976 - 1979).
A fire erupted in a campsite of Muslims making the Hajj pilgrimage (Pilgrimage to Meca), resulting in the death of over 300 people.
Swedish born actress, Greta Garbo, died in New York city at the age of 85. She is considered by many as the ultimate movie star of the 20's and 30's. She retired from acting altogether in 1941 after the failure of her last picture. She spent the rest of her life in seclusion, leading a very private life, avoiding public appearances completely.
A human stampede occurred at Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield, England. 96 people died as a result and more than 700 were injured. The match which was stopped was between Liverpool FC and Sheffield Wednesday FC.
The Tiananmen Square protests began in the People's Republic of China. The protests lasted until June 4th, at which time they were ended by the use of military force, resulting in the death of over 700 protesters.
Tokyo Disneyland opened. It is the only Disney theme park not owned the Walt Disney Company but rather the owner company leases the theme from them.
French philosopher and writer, Jean-Paul Sartre, died at the age of 75 in Paris. He is considered as one of the great philosophers and writers of the 20th century and was a proponent of the existentialism movement. He was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1964, but he declined to accept it, stating that he did not want to align himself with any institution.
British actress, Emma Thompson, was born in Paddington, London. She is the only person to have won academy awards both for acting and screenwriting.
Tunisian-born actress, Claudia Cardinale, was born in Tunis, Tunisia. She is one of the most prominent European actresses of the golden age of Italian cinema (1960's) and has starred in movies such as Federico Fellini's 8 1/2 and Sergio Leone's epic Once Upon a Time in the West.
The General Electric Company was formed. It was created when Edison General Electric Company merged with the Thomson-Houston company. General Electric is considered as one of the ten largest companies in the world.
Abraham Lincoln died after having been shot one day earlier. Andrew Johnson became the 17th President of the United States.
The city of San Francisco was incorporated.
American born author, Henry James, was born in New York City. He spent most of his life in Europe and became a British citizen during the later years of his life. He is considered as of of the great literary figures of the 19th - 20th century. His most well known novel was "The Portrait of a Lady" which was also made into a film in 1996, starring Nikole Kidman and John Malkovich.
Italian artist, Leonardo da Vinci, was born in Florence. He is generally acknowledged as one of the true geniuses to have graced humankind and was a polymath who involved himself with architecture, music, anatomy, engineering, sculpting and geometry. Besides being recognized as one of the greatest artists of all time he was also one of the great innovators and visionaries of all time, having come up the idea of the helicopter, solar power and many other such futuristic concepts long before these could become a reality.
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