THE UNSINKABLE SINKS
On April 15, 1912: The ill-fated maiden voyage of the New York-bound RMS Titanic came to an end when the ship struck an iceberg and sank in the early morning hours. The disaster took the lives of more than 1,500 of the 2,224 passengers and crew on board, including famous New Yorkers John Jacob Astor IV, Benjamin Guggenheim, and Isador Straus, the owner of Macy’s. The sinking has been depicted various times in media, most famously in the 1997 James Cameron film, which won multiple Golden Globes and Grammy Awards, as well as 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
GOODNIGHT, MY SOMEONE
On April 15, 1961: The five-time Tony Award-winning musical The Music Man concluded its Broadway run after 1,375 performances. It was later adapted into the popular film of the same name, and saw multiple revivals and a television remake starring Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth.