Friday, April 14, 2006

This day in history

John Wilkes Booth Shoots Lincoln (1865)

When John Wilkes Booth, an American actor and ardent Confederate sympathizer, learned that President Lincoln planned to attend a performance of Our American Cousin at Ford's Theater in Washington, he plotted to assassinate the President. Shortly after 10 PM, he entered the presidential box unobserved, shot Lincoln in the head, and vaulted to the stage (breaking his left leg in the process) shouting "Sic semper tyrannis! The South is avenged!" How did Booth gain access to the theater?

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