1865 - President Abraham Lincoln dies after being shot by John Wilkes Booth the previous evening. VP Andrew Johnson becomes President
1892 - The General Electric (GE) Company is formed
1912 - The RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20am after hitting an iceberg. 710 of the 2,227 passengers/crew on board survive
1923 - Insulin becomes available for use by people with diabetes
1924 Rand McNally publishes it first road atlas
1964 - The first Ford Mustang is finished two days before it goes on sale nationwide
1969 - North Korea shoots down a US Navy aircraft over the Sea of Japan, killing all 31 on board
2014 - 200 female students are abducted in Borno State, Nigeria by the terrorist group Boko Haram
2019 - The cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris in France is damaged by a large fire
This Day in Music
1961 - After 1375 performances, "Music Man" closed at the Majestic Theater in New York City
1989 - "Eternal Flame" by The Bangles starts a 4 week run at #1 on the UK Singles chart
1989 - "She Drives Me Crazy" by The Fine Young Cannibals hits #1 on the US singles chart
This Day in Sports
1896 - The Games of the Olympiad in Athens, Greece close
1910 - William H. Taft is the first US President to throw out the 1st ball at a baseball game
2013 - Two bombs explode near the finish line at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 264 others
1947 - Jackie Robinson becomes the 1st African-American drafted to play for the Dodgers major league baseball team
Word of the Day from Wiktionary
1. (countable) System of doctrines concerning final matters, such as death. 2. (uncountable) The study of the end times — the end of the world, notably in Christian theology the second coming of Christ, the Apocalypse or the Last Judgment.
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