This day in history was a truly tragic day. In 1865 it saw the shooting of 16th President of the United States Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth. Lincoln was president during the American Civil War and is responsible for the Emancipation Proclamation which freed all the slaves in the US. After the shooting it would take until 4/15 for the President to subsequently succumb to his wounds. Then in 1912, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Europe to the United States. The ship sunk on the 15th several hours after striking the iceberg. It was believed at the time that the Titanic was unsinkable due to its design and water tight compartments. Of the 2,000+ on the ship only 700 survived.
Assassination of Abraham Lincoln, 1865, hand-colored lithograph on paper by Currier & Ives Lithography Company. From Left to Right: Major Henry Reed Rathbone, Mrs. Clara Harris Rathbone, Mary Ann Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth.
By: Currier & Ives Lithography Company , Public Domain