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On April 14th, 1865, President Lincoln was shot
and mortally wounded by John
Wilkes Booth while attending the comedy
"Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theater
in Washington. (Lincoln died the following
In 1759, composer George Frideric Handel died in
In 1828, the first
edition of Noah Webster's "American
Dictionary of the English Language" was
In 1902, J.C.
Penney opened his first store, in Kemmerer,
In 1912, the
British liner "Titanic" collided with
an iceberg in the North Atlantic and began
In 1931, King
Alfonso the 13th of Spain went into exile, and
the Spanish Republic was proclaimed.
In 1939, the John
Steinbeck novel "The Grapes of Wrath"
was first published.
In 1956, Ampex
Corporation demonstrated its first commercial
In 1981, the first
test flight of America's first operational space
shuttle, the "Columbia," ended
successfully with a landing at Edwards Air Force
Base in California.
In 1986, Americans
got first word of a US air raid on Libya (because
of the time difference, it was the early morning
of April 15th where the attack occurred.)
In 1994, the
chiefs of the nation's seven largest tobacco
companies spent more than six hours being grilled
by the House Energy and Commerce health
subcommittee about the effects of smoking.
Ten years ago:
Lithuanian officials, facing a Kremlin deadline
to back away from their declaration of
independence, acknowledged that an economic
blockade threatened by Soviet leader Mikhail
Gorbachev could result in huge layoffs.
Five years ago:
The UN Security Council gave permission to Iraq,
still under sanctions for its invasion of Kuwait,
to sell two billion dollars' worth of oil to buy
food, medicine and other supplies (however, Iraq
rejected the offer). Actor-singer Burl Ives died
in Anacortes, Washington, at age 85.
One year ago:
Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr told Congress
the Watergate-era law that gave him the power to
probe actions of executive branch officials was
flawed and should be abolished. NATO mistakenly
bombed a convoy of ethnic Albanian refugees;
Yugoslav officials said 75 people were killed.
British entertainer Anthony Newley died in Jensen
Beach, Florida, at age 67.
"If the end brings
me out all right, what is said against me won't
amount to anything. If the end brings me out
wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865).