President Abraham Lincoln is ShotAfter 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.
The inspiration for James Cameron’s 1997 epic, Titanic began on this day in 1912. The British passenger liner, the RMS Titanic, was only on her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK to New York City when it smacked into an iceberg. Within a few short hours it sank on April 15th causing the death of more than 1,500 people (2,224 passengers were on board). At the time, it was the largest ship afloat with the most advanced safety features but only carried enough lifeboats for 1,178 people. Many of those who survived, lost all of their money and possessions including their primary bread-winners. Men who survived were accused of cowardice and were treated poorly.