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April 15, 1865
At an evening performance April 14th at Ford's Theatre, actor John Wilkes Booth shoots Lincoln in the back of the head and leaps from the president's box seat, shouting "Sic Semper Tyrannis." At first, the stunned audience in the theater concludes Booth's leap onto the stage is part of the performance. Seconds later the theater's manager announces that the President of the United States has just been shot and Wilkes escapes through the back door. Abraham Lincoln dies on the 15th with his wife and son, Robert, at his side. Booth is tracked and killed by Union soldiers April 26, 1865.
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