Thursday, April 14, 2016

Today in History: Thursday, April 14, 2016

AP Highlight in History: 
On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. (He died the next day.)
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On this date in:
1775The first American society for the abolition of slavery was organized by Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush.
1828The first edition of Noah Webster's "American Dictionary of the English Language" was published.
1902J.C. Penney opened his first store, in Kemmerer, Wyo.
1904Actor John Gielgud was born in London.
1910William Howard Taft became the first U.S. president to throw the ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game at the Washington Senators' home opener.
1912The British liner Titanic collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic and began to sink.
1931King Alfonso XIII of Spain went into exile and the Spanish Republic was proclaimed.
1939"The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck was published.
1956Ampex Corp. demonstrated its first commercial videotape recorder.
2002Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned to office two days after being ousted and arrested by his country's military.
2002Tiger Woods became only the third golfer in history to win back-to-back Masters titles.
2007Singer Don Ho died in Honolulu, Hawaii, at age 76.
2008Delta Air Lines Inc. and Northwest Airlines Corp., announced they were combining.
2010The Eyjafjallajokul volcano in Iceland erupted, sending out an ash plume that led most northern European countries to close their airspace between April 15 and 20, grounding about 10 million travelers worldwide.
2010A magnitude-7 earthquake in a remote Tibetan region of China killed some 2,700 people and injured more than 10,000.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") turns 39 years old today.
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Loretta LynnCountry singer84
Julie ChristieActress76
Pete RoseBaseball player75
Ritchie BlackmoreRock musician (Deep Purple)71
Brad GarrettActor ("Everybody Loves Raymond")56
Greg MadduxBaseball Hall of Famer50
Anthony Michael HallActor48
Adrien BrodyActor43
Win ButlerRock singer (Arcade Fire)36
Claire CoffeeActress ("Grimm," "Franklin & Bash")36
Actress Abigail Breslin ("Little Miss Sunshine") turns 20 years old today.
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