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Thread: On this day in history, 1865:The assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

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    Default On this day in history, 1865:The assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

    I just realised today is the anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

    The assassination of United States President Abraham Lincoln took place on Good Friday,[1] April 14, 1865, as the American Civil War was drawing to a close. The assassination occurred five days after the commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, General Robert E. Lee, surrendered to Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant and the Union Army of the Potomac. Lincoln was the first American president to be assassinated,[2] though an unsuccessful attempt had been made on Andrew Jackson 30 years before in 1835.

    Assassination of Abraham Lincoln - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Incidentally I had not known there was an Irish-American who had been a close conspirator of John Wilkes Booth, though he seemingly took no part in the assassination of Lincoln. Nonetheless he got a life sentence nad died in prison. Michael O'Laughlen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Quote Originally Posted by parentheses View Post
    I just realised today is the anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.




    Assassination of Abraham Lincoln - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Incidentally I had not known there was an Irish-American who had been a close conspirator of John Wilkes Booth, though he seemingly took no part in the assassination of Lincoln. Nonetheless he got a life sentence nad died in prison. Michael O'Laughlen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    An Irish-American solder played a major role in hunting down John Wilkes Booth. Lieutenant Edward Doherty led the cavalry detachment that trapped Booth in a barn at Port Royal, Virginia.

    Doherty had served under the Fenian from Sligo, General Michael Corcoran, who died during the war in a fall from his horse.

    Edward P. Doherty - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Ignore, my mistake
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    Incidentally, much has been made of the supposed "innocence" of Dr Samuel Mudd who treated Booth for the left leg he broke jumping onto the stage at Ford's Theatre.

    In fact, the evidence is that Mudd was involved with the conspirators and Confederate Secret Service, and knew very well who Booth was and what he had done. He did inform the authorities but delayed as long as he could until Booth had got well away.

    Mudd was lucky to escape hanging. He did behave heroically in jail, using his medical skills to treat fellow prisoners and guards during a yellow fever outbreak. He was pardoned, but the sentence has never been expunged.
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    Samuel Seymour was the last surviving who had been present at Ford's Theatre the night of the Abraham Lincoln assassination. He died in 1956 aged 96. He didn't see the actual assassination but saw Booth jump from the balcony. Shortly before his death he appeared on this American TV show
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    April 15th appears to be a gloomy day historically for world events. hillsborough stadium disaster, sinking of the titanic, and today the bombings in Boston.
    What Happened on April 15th This Day in History

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    A series of odd facts about the Lincoln and Kennedy assassinations:

    Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.
    Both wives lost their children while living in the White House.

    Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.
    Both Presidents were shot in the head.

    Now it gets really weird.

    Lincoln's secretary was named Kennedy.
    Kennedy's Secretary was named Lincoln.

    Both were assassinated by Southerners.
    Both were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson.

    And! Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
    Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.

    John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839.
    Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.

    Both assassins were known by their three names.
    Both names are composed of fifteen letters.

    Now hang on to your seat.

    Lincoln was shot at the theater named 'Ford.'
    Kennedy was shot in a car called 'Lincoln' made by 'Ford.'

    Lincoln was shot in a theater and his assassin ran and hid in a warehouse.
    Kennedy was shot from a warehouse and his assassin ran and hid in a theater.

    Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.

    And here's the kicker...

    A week before Lincoln was shot, he was in Monroe,Maryland
    A week before Kennedy was shot, he was with Marilyn Monroe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitch 22 View Post
    And here's the kicker...

    A week before Lincoln was shot, he was in Monroe,Maryland
    A week before Kennedy was shot, he was with Marilyn Monroe
    In or with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitch 22 View Post
    A week before Kennedy was shot, he was with Marilyn Monroe
    Marilyn Monroe was dead for over a year the week before JFK was assassinated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yogosan View Post
    Marilyn Monroe was dead for over a year the week before JFK was assassinated.
    It's a joke.

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