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This weekend in history

Saturday, April 14, 2012 - Updated: 11:30 PM

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Saturday, April 14, is the 105th day of 2012. Sunday, April 15, is the 106th day, leaving 260 days in the year.

Saturday's Highlight:

On April 14, 1912, the British liner RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 11:40 p.m. ship's time and began sinking.

Sunday's Highlight:

On April 15, 1912, the British luxury liner RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland at 2:20 a.m. ship's time, more than 2 1/2 hours after striking an iceberg; 1,514 people died, while less than half as many survived.

This weekend:

In 1775, the first American society for the abolition of slavery was formed in Philadelphia.

In 1817, the first permanent American school for the deaf opened in Hartford, Conn.

In 1828, the first edition of Noah Webster's "American Dictionary of the English Language" was published.

In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth during a performance of "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theater in Washington. He died, the next day, nine hours later. Andrew Johnson became the nation's 17th president.

In 1874, an exhibition of paintings by 30 artists, including Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Paul Cezanne, opened in Paris.

In 1910, President William Howard Taft became the first U.S. chief executive to throw the ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game as the Washington Senators beat the Philadelphia Athletics 3-0.

In 1945, during World War II, British and Canadian troops liberated the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen.

In 1947, Jackie Robinson, baseball's first black major league player, made his official debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on opening day. (The Dodgers defeated the Boston Braves, 5-3.)

Saturday's Birthdays: Loretta Lynn is 80. Julie Christie is 72. Pete Rose is 71. Ritchie Blackmore is 67. Brad Garrett is 52. Greg Maddux is 46. Anthony Michael Hall is 44. Adrien Brody is 39. Sarah Michelle Gellar is 35.

Sunday's Birthdays: Roy Clark is 79. Dave Edmunds is 68. Heloise is 61. Emma Thompson is 53. Samantha Fox is 46. Seth Rogen is 30. Emma Watson is 22.


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