April 15

This Day in History

1912

R.M.S. Titanic sinks

On this day, the luxury liner R.M.S. Titanic sinks just two hours after hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic. When it first left port at Southampton, England, the Titanic barely escaped a … (more...)

1863

Nike of Samothrace Discovered

On this day in 1863, an excavation on the Greek island of Samothrace, led by an amateur archaeologist named Charles Champoiseau, unearthed a large winged female statue carved from white Parian marble. … (more...)

1446

Architect Brunelleschi Dies

Filippo Brunelleschi, one of the great architects of the Italian Renaissance, died on this day in 1446. Brunelleschi was on the forefront of a group of Renaissance artists intent on breaking with the … (more...)