Thursday, April 14, 2011

Another blockbuster day!

April 14

Ok, I'm a little slow on the upload today, gimme a break! Two events of note today. First and foremost, Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth on this day in 1865. This was the first of four presidential assassinations. The timing of this was key. The civil war was winding down. Lincoln had his mind set on reconstruction. Booth believed by cutting off the head of the Union, he might rally his cause and turn the tide of war. But his actions were condemned by both sides. He was not the hero that he thought he was. Lincoln became a martyr, and booth a villain for all time.

The second event was the HMS Titanic hit an iceberg on this day in 1912. It didn't officially sink until the early morning hours of the next day. The twentieth century was a fast paced time. The people of the Titanic were victims of the times. Style over substance has been a cause for concern throughout history. But it was this occurrence that sticks in most peoples' minds.

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