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 - 1971 Oscars
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1971: At the 43rd Academy Awards, George C. Scott, a Best Actor winner for "Patton," becomes the first actor to reject an Oscar, claiming that the Academy Awards were "a two-hour meat parade, a public display with contrived suspense for economic reasons." Scott's Oscar was one of seven the film won that night, including Best Picture, Best Director for Franklin J. Schaffner, and Best Original Screenplay. The Beatles also won their only Oscar, taking Best Original Song Score for their movie "Let It Be."

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