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April 15, 1865:  At 7:22 a.m., Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, dies from a bullet wound inflicted the night before by John Wilkes Booth, an actor and Confederate sympathizer. The president’s death came only six days after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his massive army at Appomattox, effectively ending the American Civil War. (history.com)
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/president-lincoln-dies
Print: J. L. Magee, Philadelphia, PA, 1865 / Library of Congress

April 15, 1865:  At 7:22 a.m., Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, dies from a bullet wound inflicted the night before by John Wilkes Booth, an actor and Confederate sympathizer. The president’s death came only six days after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his massive army at Appomattox, effectively ending the American Civil War. (history.com)

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/president-lincoln-dies

Print: J. L. Magee, Philadelphia, PA, 1865 / Library of Congress

April 15, 1912: RMS Titanic sinks after colliding with an iceberg on her maiden voyage. The death toll has been put at between 1,490 and 1,635 people.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Titanic
Photo: Crowds gather in April 1912 around the bulletin board of the New York American, where the names of people rescued from the sinking Titanic are on display just days after its sinking. (Associated Press)

April 15, 1912: RMS Titanic sinks after colliding with an iceberg on her maiden voyage. The death toll has been put at between 1,490 and 1,635 people.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Titanic

Photo: Crowds gather in April 1912 around the bulletin board of the New York American, where the names of people rescued from the sinking Titanic are on display just days after its sinking. (Associated Press)

April 14, 1935: Black Sunday
Black Sunday refers to a particularly severe dust storm that took place 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 thousand tons of topsoil from the Prairie area in the US. (wikipedia)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Sunday_(storm)
Photo: Boca County, Colorado. (Library Of Congress)

April 14, 1935: Black Sunday

Black Sunday refers to a particularly severe dust storm that took place 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 thousand tons of topsoil from the Prairie area in the US. (wikipedia)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Sunday_(storm)

Photo: Boca County, Colorado. (Library Of Congress)

Boy with gun.
April 13, 1966
Photo: Chaloner Woods

Boy with gun.

April 13, 1966

Photo: Chaloner Woods

April 13, 1970: An oxygen tank aboard Apollo 13 explodes, putting the crew in great danger and causing major damage to the spacecraft while en route to the Moon.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_13
Photo: Marilyn Lovell, the wife of astronaut James A. Lovell listening in their home to squawk box broadcast of endangered Apollo 13 mission (which carries her husband) as son Jeffrey plays with airplane. 4/13/70 (Bill Eppridge/Time & Life Pictures)

April 13, 1970: An oxygen tank aboard Apollo 13 explodes, putting the crew in great danger and causing major damage to the spacecraft while en route to the Moon.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_13

Photo: Marilyn Lovell, the wife of astronaut James A. Lovell listening in their home to squawk box broadcast of endangered Apollo 13 mission (which carries her husband) as son Jeffrey plays with airplane. 4/13/70 (Bill Eppridge/Time & Life Pictures)

Joan Crawford - April 12, 1933
Photo: Clarence Sinclair

Joan Crawford - April 12, 1933

Photo: Clarence Sinclair

April 12, 1981: STS-1 Columbia, the first Space Shuttle, is launched at Cape Kennedy, Florida.
Columbia orbited Earth 37 times during it’s 54.5-hour mission carrying a two man crew - mission commander John  W. Young and pilot Robert L. Crippen.  The ultimate launch date of STS-1 fell on the 20th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s Vostok 1, the first manned spaceflight.
IMAX cameras filmed the launch, landing, and mission control during the flight, for the 1982 film entitled Hail Columbia!
Photo: NASA

April 12, 1981: STS-1 Columbia, the first Space Shuttle, is launched at Cape Kennedy, Florida.

Columbia orbited Earth 37 times during it’s 54.5-hour mission carrying a two man crew - mission commander John  W. Young and pilot Robert L. Crippen.  The ultimate launch date of STS-1 fell on the 20th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s Vostok 1, the first manned spaceflight.

IMAX cameras filmed the launch, landing, and mission control during the flight, for the 1982 film entitled Hail Columbia!

Photo: NASA

April 12, 1961: The first man in space.
Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin becomes the first human being to travel into space aboard the spacecraft Vostok 1.  The 27-year-old test pilot also became the first human to orbit the planet. Guided by an automatic control system, Vostok 1 orbited Earth in 89 minutes at a maximum speed of 187 miles an hour. 
Gagarin became a worldwide celebrity and was awarded the Order of Lenin and given the title of Hero of the Soviet Union. Streets were named and monuments created in his honor.
Gagarin died died seven years later in a routine jet test flight. His ashes are buried inside the Kremlin walls.
Photo:  Rolls Press/Heritage Images/Getty Images

April 12, 1961: The first man in space.

Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin becomes the first human being to travel into space aboard the spacecraft Vostok 1.  The 27-year-old test pilot also became the first human to orbit the planet. Guided by an automatic control system, Vostok 1 orbited Earth in 89 minutes at a maximum speed of 187 miles an hour. 

Gagarin became a worldwide celebrity and was awarded the Order of Lenin and given the title of Hero of the Soviet Union. Streets were named and monuments created in his honor.

Gagarin died died seven years later in a routine jet test flight. His ashes are buried inside the Kremlin walls.

Photo:  Rolls Press/Heritage Images/Getty Images

April 11, 1945:  American forces liberate the Buchenwald concentration camp near Weimar, Germany. Between April 1938 and April 1945, some 238,380 people of various nationalities including 350 Western Allied prisoners of war were incarcerated in Buchenwald. One estimate places the number of deaths at 56,000.
Photo: A tortured Prisoner in the Buchenwald concentration camp 4/11/45 (Eric Schwab/AFP)

April 11, 1945:  American forces liberate the Buchenwald concentration camp near Weimar, Germany. Between April 1938 and April 1945, some 238,380 people of various nationalities including 350 Western Allied prisoners of war were incarcerated in Buchenwald. One estimate places the number of deaths at 56,000.

Photo: A tortured Prisoner in the Buchenwald concentration camp 4/11/45 (Eric Schwab/AFP)