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Abraham Lincoln Shot

The assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, occurred on April 14, 1865.

Actor and confederate supporter John Wilkes Booth shot President Lincoln in the back of the head while he was watching the play Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C. The assassination came days after Confederate General Robert E. Lee had surrendered and was part of a bigger plan to revitalize the Confederate Army.

The arrangement was that John Wilkes Booth and two other men would each kill an important member of the United States Government; Booth was to murder President Lincoln, Lewis Powell was assigned to kill Secretary of State William H. Seward, and George Atzerodt was supposed to kill Vice President Andrew Johnson. Killing the President and his two successors was an attempt to throw the government into disarray, but only John Wilkes Booth accomplished his task.

Abraham Lincoln died the next morning, on April 15. He was the first American President to have been assassinated.

Sources: Wikipedia, History

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Lincoln’s Birthday – February 12th

Abraham Lincoln head on shoulders photo portraitOn February 12 of each year, the U.S. celebrates the birthday of our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln, also referred to as Honest Abe and the Great Emancipator, is most remembered for issuing the Emancipation Proclamation that ended slavery, for his Gettysburg Address and for being the first U.S. President to be assassinated.

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Lincoln’s Birthday is only a public holiday with government office, school and business closures in Connecticut, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey and New York.

Sources: timeanddate.com, history.com
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