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- April 15
- 1810 – Whitmell P. Tunstall, first president of the Richmond and Danville Railroad, is born.
- 1889 – A. Philip Randolph (pictured), who organized the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters in 1925, is born (d. 1979).
- 1907 – William N. Page is named president of the newly formed Virginian Railway.
- 2005 – Amtrak cancels all Acela Express trains between Washington, D.C., New York City and Boston as cracks are found in the brakes on a majority of the trainsets' coaches.