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1865 -- President Lincoln is shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater 

 
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1861 -- First shots fired on Fort Sumter starting the Civil War


1945 -- President Franklin D. Roosevelt passes away

 
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1945 -- The U.S. Military Army liberates Buchenwald Concentration Camp in 
                     Germany.


1961 -- Bob Dylan plays his first major gig in New York City at only 19 years old.

 
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1866 -- The American Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is established
                  by Henry Bergh, a diplomat appointed by President Lincoln



1953 -- "The House of Wax" is created by Hollywood as THE FIRST color 3-D movie

1970 -- Paul McCartney announces the break-up of The Beatles

 
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1865 -- Confederate General Robert E. Lee Surrenders at Appomattox in the McLean Parlor, 
                   officially ending the Civil War.

1940 -- Germany invades Norway and Denmark in their quest for European domination
1942 -- The U.S. surrenders at the Bataan Peninsula (Bataan Death March)
1959 -- The first Astronauts are introduced for Project Mercury, Americas' first manned space
                    expedition

 
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1974 -- Hank Aaron breaks Babe Ruth's home run record with 715th Home Run
1994 -- Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana, is found dead