The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY)
TODAY IN HISTORY
FRIDAY APR 15, 2022
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.
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.
General Electric Co., formed by the merger of the Edison Electric Light Co. and other firms, was incorporated in Schenectady, New York.
During World War II, British and Canadian troops liberated the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-belsen. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who died on April 12, was buried at the Roosevelt family home in Hyde Park, New York.
Jackie Robinson, baseball’s first Black major league player of the modern era, made his official debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on opening day at Ebbets Field.
Ray Kroc opened the first franchised Mcdonald’s restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois.
Members of the Symbionese Liberation Army held up a branch of the Hibernia Bank in San Francisco; a member of the group was SLA kidnap victim Patricia Hearst, who by this time was going by the name “Tania”.
96 people died in a crush of soccer fans at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England. Students in Beijing launched a series of prodemocracy protests; the demonstrations culminated in a government crackdown at Tiananmen Square.
Pol Pot, the notorious leader of the Khmer Rouge, died at age 72, evading prosecution for the deaths of 2 million Cambodians.
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.
The government reported that the nation’s industrial output in March registered its biggest decline since the U.S. demobilized at the end of World War II as factories shut down amid the coronavirus epidemic.