Unlucky day? Notre Dame fire isn't first major April 15 tragedy
The world reacted with shock and sadness on Monday after news broke that Notre Dame had caught fire.
While the iconic towers were saved, the flames managed to topple the spire and leave a ton of damage behind.
Shockingly, the devastating fire in Paris isn’t the only tragedy that has struck on April 15. In fact, there have been several other tragic news events that have happened on the same day in history.
President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated
President Abraham Lincoln was shot in the head by John Wilkes Booth, an angry Confederate actor, on April 14, 1865 while attending a play at Ford’s Theatre in Washington. A day later, on April 15, Lincoln died of his injuries.
The Titanic sinks
On April 15, 1912, the famous Titanic struck an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland. The luxury British steamship had 2,240 passengers and crew onboard, according to History.com. More than 1,500 people died.
Boston Marathon bombing
On April 15, 2013, more than 260 were injured and three spectators were killed when two bombs detonated near the finish line at the Boston Marathon, the world’s oldest annual marathon.
One suspect was captured and the other was killed in a shootout with law enforcement. The two were brothers who spent part of their childhoods in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan, according to History.com.
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