(1865) President Lincoln is shot Five days after Confederate forces surrender at Appomattox, handing Abraham Lincoln his long-fought victory in the Civil War, John Wilkes Booth enters the Presidential Box at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC, and shoots Lincoln once in the back of the head. The president will die the following day.Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth on Good Friday, April 14, 1865, while attending the play Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., 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.
(1912) RMS Titanic hits an icebergSteaming through the icy waters of the North Atlantic, the state-of-the-art luxury British ocean liner RMS Titanic strikes an iceberg just before midnight. The damage proves catastrophic, and the vessel will sink in the early hours of April 15, killing over 1,500.The sinking of the RMS Titanic occurred on the night of 14 April through to the morning of 15 April 1912 in the North Atlantic Ocean, four days into the ship’s maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. The largest passenger liner in service at the time, Titanic had an estimated 2,224 people on board when she struck an iceberg at around 23:40 on Sunday, 14 April 1912. Her sinking two hours and forty minutes later at 02:20 on Monday, 15 April resulted in the deaths of more than 1,500 people, which made it one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.
Date: Apr 15, 1912
wiki/Sinking_of_the_RMS_Titanic(1935) American Dust Bowl’s most massive storm strikesHigh winds kick up roughly 300 million tons of topsoil loosened by an eight-year drought and swirl the dust into churning black walls of clouds, blotting out the sun and devastating parts of Texas and Oklahoma.Black Sunday refers to a particularly severe dust storm that occurred on April 14, 1935, as part of the Dust Bowl. It was one of the worst dust storms in American history and it caused immense economic and agricultural damage. It is estimated to have displaced 300 million tons of topsoil from the prairie area in the US.
Date: Apr 14, 1935
wiki/Black_Sunday_(storm)(1952) Ralph Ellison’s landmark novel, ‘Invisible Man,’ publishedEqual parts poetic and scathing, ‘Invisible Man’ explores an unnamed black man’s search for identity in a society largely hostile to the presence of African Americans or unaware of the black experience. The only novel Ellison will publish in his lifetime, ‘Invisible Man’ will win the National Book Award.Invisible Man is a novel by Ralph Ellison about an African American man whose color renders him invisible, published by Random House in 1952. It addresses many of the social and intellectual issues facing African-Americans early in the twentieth century, including black nationalism, the relationship between black identity and Marxism, and the reformist racial policies of Booker T. Washington, as well as issues of individuality and personal identity.
Author: Ralph Ellison First published: 1952 Number of pages: 581 ATOS reading level: 7.20 Genre: African-American literature Characters: Invisible Man · Brother Jack · Tod Clifton · Ras the Exhorter · Rinehart