14 April 1865
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On this date in 1865...
U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth while attending the comedy “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C.
- 1528 - Spanish conquistador Panfilo de Narvaez, with 4 or 5 ships, and approximately 400-500 men, sighted land, on the western coast of Florida.
- 1614 - John Rolfe (not John Smith) married Pocahontas at Jamestown, Virginia.
- 1780 – During the Siege of Charleston, the Loyalist British Legion, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton, surprised and defeated an American force stationed at Monck's Corner, South Carolina.
- 1861 - Confederate forces occupied Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina after federal troops surrendered and are allowed to leave peacefully.
- 1881 - The “Four Dead in Five Seconds” gunfight erupted in El Paso, Texas.
- 1955 - Fats Domino recorded "Ain't That a Shame," which became the first of dozens of hits to cross over from R&B to the pop charts.
- 1978 - WRR-AM in Dallas, Texas changed its call letters to KAAM.
- 1980 - The first Cuban refugees of the Mariel boatlift sailed to Florida.
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