PRESIDENT LINCOLN IS DEAD
After having been shot in the head by the actor John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater last night, President Abraham Lincoln died at 7:22 this morning.
The outcome was never in doubt. Attending physician Dr. Charles Leale determined very quickly that the wound was "mortal".
After Lincoln was laid on a bed at the Petersen Rooming House on 10th Street, a "death watch" was begun.
Upon the pronouncement of death, one of the doctors placed coins on Lincoln's eyes. Secretary of War Edwin McMasters Stanton then said: "Now, he belongs to the ages".*
*Source: We Saw Lincoln Shot by Timothy S. Good (1995)
April 15, 1912
TITANIC HITS ICEBERG, SINKS
April 15, 1947
Jackie Robinson, #42 for the Brooklyn Dodgers, took the diamond at Ebbets Field today to become the 1st African-American to play major league baseball.
April 15, 1959