On this day: April 15

Posted: 6:22 PM EDT Apr 11, 2013   Updated: 2:00 AM EDT Apr 15, 2015

President Abraham Lincoln dies, the "unsinkable" Titanic sinks, Jackie Robinson breaks baseball's color barrier, George C. Scott rebuffs the Academy Awards, and bombs explode at the Boston Marathon, all on this day.

OTD April 15 - Boston Marathon bombing
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2013: Three people are killed and more than 200 injured after two bombs go off within seconds of each other near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev were eventually identified as suspects, with Tamerlan dying following an April 19 shootout with police and Dzhokhar being captured after a manhunt in Watertown, Massachusetts, later the same day. Dzhokhar was found guilty on 30 counts on April 8, 2015, and is awaiting sentencing.


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