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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.

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First Lincoln Penny Issued

Find a penny, pick it up, all day long you’ll have good luck!

The Lincoln Penny was designed by sculptor Victor David Brenner at the request of President Theodore Roosevelt to replace the Indian Head Penny. When Roosevelt left office in March of 1909, Brenner continued the project since the idea was to release the new design in 1909, the 100th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth. After several design changes, samples were sent to President William Howard Taft who approved the final coin. Secretary of Treasury Franklin MacVeagh approved the design fit for printing on July 14 and the new Lincoln Penny was released on August 2, 1909.

Several changes have been made to the back on the penny since its issue, but Brenner’s original design, known as the Wheat Cent, remained in production for 50 years until it was replaced with the Lincoln Memorial design in 1959. The Lincoln Memorial design was replaced by several designed minted in 2009 only for the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth, then in 2010, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee recommended the current Union Shield cent design.

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