The world was shaken on April 15 upon seeing footage of the famed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, engulfed in flames. The 850-year-old cathedral has always been viewed by many as the heart of the French capital city, as well as the very center of the city. Perhaps that's what made the images and videos of the steeple and roof collapsing resonate with billions of people the way it did.
But this isn't the first time something so destructive and earth-shattering has occurred on April 15. In fact, some of history's biggest moments all took place halfway through the month of April. From the sinking of the ill-fated RMS Titanic in 1912, to the Boston Marathon Bombing in 2013, and countless others, the world as we know it has seen a great deal of change on the 105th day of the year (106th day in leap years).
It seems like it was just yesterday that the world (and internet) was buzzing after two bombs were set off at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Over the course of 12 seconds, two blasts ripped through the heart of Back Bay, killing three and injuring dozens more as thousands waited for their friends and family members running in the race to cross the finish line.
The Greater Boston area became the center of media attention for several days following the attack as law enforcement agencies scoured the city and surrounding areas looking for the suspected bombers - brothers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19. The older of the two brothers was killed during a standoff with police and Dzhokhar was later captured after seeking refuge in a boat in Watertown, Mass.
Dzhokhar was later sentenced to death after being found guilty for his role in the planning and execution of the attack.
For more than a century now, the sinking of the RMS Titanic has intrigued millions of people, resulting in dozens of books, movies, television series, and even documentaries. The tragic event was even the basis for one of the most successful theatrical releases of all time.
The ill-fated ship was only four days into her maiden voyage from Europe to America when it struck an iceberg in the northern Atlantic Oceans on April 14, 1912, slicing a massive hole in the side of the ship. It would only take a few hours for the once believe "unsinkable" ship to break apart and sink to the bottom of the frigid sea, taking nearly 1,500 of the 2,200 passenger with it.
But these tragedies are only just three of the countless others that have taken place on this fateful day on the calendar. Which ones did we miss? Let us know in the comments below.
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