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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.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for April 4

Robert Downey Jr. was born on April 4, 1965.

Robert Downey, Jr. is Born

It was on this day that Robert John Downey Jr. was born to a pair of actors in Manhattan, New York. His first film roles were for his father’s films. Next to playing Iron-Man, Downey Jr. is probably best known for his struggles with drugs and alcohol. Knowing a little about his family life, it is easy to understand why. His father was a drug addict who allowed Downey to use Marijuana when he was just six years old. In 1982, Robert dropped out of high school to pursue acting full time. He and Kiefer Sutherland were roommates for three years. In 1992 he starred in the film Chaplin which earned him an Oscar nomination. He earned his first Golden Globe while appearing on the TV series Ally McBeal. However, he was let go after he had two drug arrests. Downey has been sober in 2001. In 2008 he rose to the top once again starring in Iron-Man and Sherlock Holmes in 2009. He will appear as Iron-Man’s alter ego, Tony Stark, in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming later this year.