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On this day: April 15

Published On: Apr 11 2013 05:22:16 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 15 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

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 - Jean-Paul Sartre
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1980: French philosopher and writer Jean-Paul Sartre, one of the key figures in the philosophy of existentialism, dies of edema of the lung at the age of 74 in Paris, France. He was awarded the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature and refused it, saying that he always declined official honors and that "a writer should not allow himself to be turned into an institution." He was the first Nobel Laureate to voluntarily decline the prize.

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