1865: Lincoln is shot
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1865 Lincoln is shot
On this day in 1865, John Wilkes Booth, an actor and Confederate sympathizer, fatally shoots President Abraham Lincoln at a play at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. The attack came only five days after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his massive... read more »
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American Revolution 1775 First American abolition society founded in Philadelphia »
Automotive 2005 Pontiac Solstice stars on "The Apprentice" »
Civil War 1865 President Lincoln is shot »
Cold War 1950 President Truman receives NSC-68 »
Crime 1865 John Wilkes Booth shoots Abraham Lincoln »
Disaster 1944 Explosion on cargo ship rocks Bombay, India »
General Interest 1912 RMS Titanic hits iceberg » 1918 U.S. fliers in first dogfight over western front » 1986 U.S. bombs Libya » 1988 Soviets to withdraw from Afghanistan »
Hollywood 1969 Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand tie for Best Actress Oscar »
Literary 1818 Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language is printed »
Music 1935 Country legend Loretta Lynn is born in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky »
Old West 1935 A major Dust Bowl storm strikes » 1935 Loretta Lynn is born »
Presidential 1865 President Lincoln is shot »
Sports 1960 Montreal Canadiens win fifth consecutive Stanley Cup »
Vietnam War 1965 173rd Airborne Brigade ordered to South Vietnam » 1975 Operation "Baby Lift" concludes »
World War I 1916 Battle of Lake Naroch ends »
World War II 1945 U.S. Fifth Army joins in Italian offensive »
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