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APRIL 15

1786 Walter Channing (Rhode Island-born Physician; Pioneer in the Use of Anesthetics) Rhode Island Scientists and Mathematicians Health Care
1896 May Edward Chinn (Massachusetts-born African-American, Native-American Physician in New York City) Massachusetts Scientists and Mathematicians New York Scientists and Mathematicians Medical Professionals African American Scientists and Mathematicians Native American Scientists and Mathematicians African American Registry
Sports Figures
1957 Evelyn Ashford (Louisiana-born African-American Member of the International; Track and Field Hall of Fame) Louisiana Sports Figures Track & Field Hall of Fame Olympics Famous African Americans
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1817 First American School for the Deaf Founded in Hartford, Connecticut Connecticut Deafness Education Historic Firsts King County Government, Seattle, WA
1916 Minnesota's First Regulated Trout Season Opens Minnesota Fishing & Hunting Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1947 Jackie Robinson Is the First African-American to Play in Major League Baseball Jackie Robinson Baseball Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures PBS Library of Congress History Channel African American Registry University of Georgia
1955 Ray Kroc Opens the First Franchised McDonald's Ray Kroc Business Historic Firsts McDonalds Corporation
1956 An F4 Tornado Travels 20 Miles Through Jefferson County, Alabama, Killing 25 People, Injuring 200 and Destroying or Damaging More Than 350 Homes Jefferson County, Alabama Tornado Death Alabama State Archive
1964 Ground-Breaking Ceremonies Are Held for the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Home for the New Atlanta Braves Franchise Atlanta, Georgia Baseball Major League Baseball University of Georgia
1973 South Africa's National Record for the 5,000m Is Broken by Black Runner Matthews Motshwarateu South African Sports Figures Track & Field South African History
1979 In Yugoslavia, a 6.9 Magnitude Earthquake Kills At Least 121 People, Injuring More Than 1,000 and Leaving 100,000 Homeless Yugoslavia Earthquake Death USGS
1987 The Milwaukee Brewers' Juan Nieves Is the First Puerto Rican Pitcher to Throw a No-Hitter in Major League Baseball Puerto Rican Sports Figures Milwaukee, Wisconsin Baseball Major League Baseball Latin-American Sports Figures Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1988 The Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act Is Enacted Wisconsin Government Health Care Family Law Wisconsin Historical Society
1989 93 English Soccer Fans Are Crushed at a Match Between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool. England Soccer Death BBC
2000 Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles Becomes the 24th Major League Player to Reach 3,000 Hits Cal Ripken Major League Baseball Baseball Hall of Fame New York Times

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