April 15, 1947, was Jackie Robinson’s first day with the Brooklyn Dodgers (today’s Los Angeles Dodgers). Jackie Robinson was the first black baseball player in the MLB in about eight years, but he’s also remembered for being quite a remarkable player. Robinson played in six World Series as a second baseman, and won quite a few personal awards as well, including the rookie of the year award in 1947 and MVP in 1949. He also played in every All Stars Game from 1949-1954.
I’m not much of a baseball fan, but that’s a pretty impressive resume. Since 2004, Major League Baseball has officially celebrated Jackie Robinson at ballparks nationwide. Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has stated that Robinson’s first day was “baseball’s proudest moment,” when “baseball became the true national pastime” (see this page for more info).
April 15 is also National Rubber Eraser Day if you have any mistakes to erase.
The third Monday in April (which is the the 15th in 2013) is also Patriot’s Day, celebrating the beginning of the Revolutionary War and the battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19.
“May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you rule the peoples with equity
and guide the nations of the earth.
May the peoples praise you, God;
may all the peoples praise you.”