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Saturday, April 14, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for April 14

President Lincoln was shot on April 14, 1865.

President Abraham Lincoln is Shot

After attending a speech given by President Abraham Lincoln just two days earlier where Lincoln spoke about giving African Americans the right to vote, John Wilkes Booth became so upset that he vowed to assassinate the president. He learned that Lincoln would be attending the play Our American Cousin on Good Friday at the Ford Theatre. Lincoln’s bodyguard, John Parker, left the president’s side during intermission to have a drink at the saloon located next door. It was then that Booth snuck up behind Lincoln and shot him at a very close range mortally wounding him. Major Henry Rathbone was able to apprehend Booth momentarily but was stabbed by Booth who then ran off and escaped on this day in 1865. After being in a coma for nine hours, Lincoln passed away at 7:22 a.m. on April 15, 1865. It was another 12 days later when Booth was found hiding on a farm in Virginia. When he refused to surrender, he was shot by Sergeant Boston Corbett.