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This Day in History: April 15

In 1912, the Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic. Baltimore author Walter Lord (pictured above) is credited with sparking America’s fascination with the event after his non-fiction account “A Night to Remember” was published in 1955. The book is still in print today. (Baltimore Sun file photo, 1986)

1817: The first American school for the deaf was opened, in Hartford, Conn.

1955: Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald’s fast-food franchise, in Des Plaines.

1970: President Nixon signed legislation banning television and radio advertisements for the sale of cigarettes.

1990: Actress Greta Garbo died at 84 in New York.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.

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