On This Day - April 15th

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On This Day in 1755 English lexicographer Dr. Samuel Johnson publishes his Dictionary of the English Language.

Samuel Johnson

He was educated at Lichfield Grammar School and spent a brief period at Oxford University, but was forced to leave due to lack of money and drifted into a writing career.He gradually acquired a literary reputation and in 1747 a syndicate of printers commissioned him to compile his 'Dictionary of the English Language'. The task took eight years, and Johnson employed six assistants, all of them working in his house off Fleet Street.

It was not the first such dictionary, but was certainly the most important at that time. In Johnson's lifetime five further editions were published, and a sixth came out when he died.
Johnson was continually short of money, despite the success of his dictionary and in 1762, his financial situation was alleviated when he was awarded a government pension!

On This day in 1912 the Titanic Sinks!

Titanic

With her band playing on the deck, the ocean liner Titanic sinks at 2:27 a.m. in the North Atlantic.
As of May of 2009, there are no survivors of the Titanic alive. Milvena Dean died in early May of 2009 and she was the last survivor, though she was only about nine weeks old when she got into lifeboat number 10 with her mother and older brother, Bertram.

On This Day in 1967, Nancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra at No1

Frank Sinatra
Nancy Sinatra

Nancy and her father started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Somethin' Stupid'. They became the only father and daughter act ever to score a No.1 single. UB40 singer Ali Cambell covered the song in 1995 with his daughter Kibbi & Robbie Williams had a 2001 UK No.1 with his version featuring Nicole Kidman.

On This Day in 1968, Radiohead Guitarist born

Ed OBrien

Born on this day, Edward John O'Brien, guitarist, Radiohead. Their 1993 debut single 'Creep' was initially unsuccessful, but it became a worldwide hit several months after the release of their debut album, 'Pablo Honey'. Their 1997 album 'OK Computer' appeared in many 1997 critics' lists and listener polls for best album of the year.

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