On This Day

14 Apr

(Courtesy:  NY Times)  On April 14, 1865, President Lincoln was shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth while attending the comedy “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. He died the next day. 

1808 A law prohibiting the importation of slaves into the United States went into effect.
1892 The Ellis Island Immigrant Station in New York opened.
1898 New York City was consolidated into five buroughs.
1901 The Commonwealth of Australia was proclaimed.
1919 J.D. Salinger, author of “The Catcher in the Rye,” was born in New York City.
1953 Country singer Hank Williams Sr., 29, died of a drug and alcohol overdose.
1958 Treaties establishing the European Economic Community went into effect.
1959 Fidel Castro led Cuban revolutionaries to victory over Fulgencio Batista.
1979 The United States and China established diplomatic relations.
1984 AT&T was divested of its 22 Bell System companies under terms of an antitrust agreement.
1990 David Dinkins was sworn in as New York City’s first African-American mayor.
1993 Czechoslovakia peacefully split into two new countries, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
1994 The North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect.
1999 The euro became the official currency of 11 European countries.
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