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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 - Tiananmen Square protests
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1989: A day after the death of Hu Yaobang, a liberal reformer and former Communist Party general secretary, the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 begin in Beijing, China. Student demonstrators would occupy the square in the heart of the country's capital for seven weeks until a military crackdown on June 3-4 resulted in bloodshed. Estimates of those killed in the crackdown range from several hundred to several thousand.

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