Today in History (14 ApriL)

1865: President Lincoln assassinated

At Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C., actor John Wilkes Booth fatally shoots U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. The attack came only five days after the American Civil War effectively ended with the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox. Born in a log cabin in backwoods Kentucky, Lincoln was nominated as the first presidential candidate of the Republican Party in 1860. The election of the anti-slavery Lincoln brought about the secession of the Southern states, and in April 1861 the Civil War began. In 1863, as the tide turned against the Confederacy, he emancipated the slaves and won re-election in 1864. For preserving the Union and bringing an end to slavery, and for his unique character and powerful oratory, Lincoln is widely regarded as the greatest American president.

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The Soviet Union signs an agreement committing it to leave Afghanistan.


The U.S. launches air strikes against Libya in retaliation against Libyan sponsorship of terrorist attacks against U.S. troops and citizens.


Yusufu Lule becomes the new President of Uganda.


An explosion on board Apollo 13 throws the American space mission into jeopardy.


In West Germany, a mass student protest ends in violent clashes with the police. The protests were sparked by the killing of student leader Rudi Dutschke.


The Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2 re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere.


The cargo ship Fort Stikine accidentally explodes in the docks of Bombay, India, killing 1,300 people.


The Second Spanish Republic is proclaimed. King Alfonso XIII flees the country.


The first Volvo car comes off the production line in Sweden.


The First World War: American planes fly their first sorties over the Western Front.


The Titanic hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic and begins to sink.


War of the Roses: In England, The House of York defeats the House of Lancaster at the Battle of Barnet.


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