Today in History: April 15

The death bed scene after President Abraham Lincoln was mortally wounded in Ford's Theater April 14, 1865, is shown in this rare picture.  The picture shows Mrs. Lincoln kneeling beside the bed and members of the cabinet behind it.  This picture was supposed to have been given to a friend by Mrs. Lincoln shortly after the funeral and then passed down through the family from generation to generation.  (AP Photo)

In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln died nine hours after being shot the night before by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater in Washington; Andrew Johnson became the nation’s 17th president. Here, the death bed scene after Lincoln was mortally wounded in Ford’s Theater is shown in this rare picture. The picture shows Mrs. Lincoln kneeling beside the bed and members of the cabinet behind it. This picture was supposed to have been given to a friend by Mrs. Lincoln shortly after the funeral and then passed down through the family from generation to generation. (AP Photo) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The 'Titanic', a passenger ship of the White Star Line, that sank in the night of April 14-15, 1912.   (Photo by Roger Viollet/Getty Images)
In 1912, the British luxury liner RMS Titanic foundered in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland more than 2 1/2 hours after hitting an iceberg; 1,514 people died, while less than half as many survived. (Photo by Roger Viollet/Getty Images) (Roger Viollet/Getty Images/Albert Harlingue)
FILE - A  Saturday, April 20, 1985 photo from files showing the memorial site of former Nazi concentration camp Bergen Belsen near Celle, Germany. The queen is planning to leave Tuesday, June 23, 2015, on a state visit to Germany that will include her first visit to a former concentration camp site. She and her husband Prince Philip plan to visit the Bergen-Belsen camp where diarist Anne Frank and her sister Margot died just weeks before the British liberated it on April 15, 1945.(AP Photo/Heribert Proepper, File)
In 1945, during World War II, British and Canadian troops liberated the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen. A 1985 file photo shows the memorial site of former Nazi concentration camp Bergen Belsen near Celle, Germany. (AP Photo/Heribert Proepper, File) (AP)
New York State Police guard the grave of President Franklin D. Roosevelt on his estate at Hyde Park, N.Y., April 15, 1945, following his funeral.  (AP Photo)
In 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had died on April 12, was buried at the Roosevelt family home in Hyde Park, New York. New York State Police guard the grave of Roosevelt on his estate following his funeral. (AP Photo) (AP/Anonymous)
Fidel Castro, fresh from a visit to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, poses in front of the Capitol today.  The 32-year-old Cuban Prime Minister paid an unheralded visit to the Capitol April 17, 1959 and chatted with members of the committee.  (AP Photo)

In 1959, Cuban leader Fidel Castro arrived in Washington to begin a goodwill tour of the United States. (AP Photo) (AP/WJS)

U.S. marshals escort Patricia Hearst from San Francisco's Federal Building in San Francisco, Feb. 3, 1976, where jury selection continued in her bank robbery trial. The jury is expected to be seated on Tuesday, raising the possibility the first testimony would be hears on Wednesday – the second anniversary of Miss Hearst’s kidnapping by the Symbionese Liberation Army. At left is Marshal Janey Jimenez, and at right is Marshal Mike Tarr. (AP Photo)

In 1974, members of the Symbionese Liberation Army held up a branch of the Hibernia Bank in San Francisco; a member of the group was SLA kidnap victim Patricia Hearst, who by this time was going by the name “Tania” (Hearst later said she’d been forced to participate). In this 1976 photo, U.S. marshals escort Hearst from San Francisco’s Federal Building, where jury selection continued in her bank robbery trial. At left is Marshal Janey Jimenez, and at right is Marshal Mike Tarr. (AP Photo) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Anonymous)

FILE - In this Monday, April 15, 2013 file photo, medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

In 2013, two bombs packed with nails and other metal shards exploded at the Boston Marathon finish line, killing two women and an 8-year-old boy and injuring more than 260. (Suspected bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev  died in a shootout with police; his brother and alleged accomplice, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev), was tried, convicted and sentenced to death.) (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) (AP)

Aisha Yusuf, a 'Bring Back Our Girls' campaigner, speaks on the release of the kidnapped Chibok School Girls at the unity fountain in Abuja, Nigeria, Sunday, May 7, 2017. Five Boko Haram commanders were released in exchange for the freedom of 82 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by the extremist group three years ago, a Nigerian government official said Sunday, as the girls were expected to meet with the country's president and their families. (AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba)
In 2014, Boko Haram terrorists kidnapped some 276 girls from a school in northeastern Nigeria. Survivors Aisha Yusuf, a ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaigner, speaks on the release of the kidnapped Chibok School Girls at the unity fountain in Abuja, Nigeria, Sunday, May 7, 2017. Five Boko Haram commanders were released in exchange for the freedom of 82 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by the extremist group three years ago, a Nigerian government official said Sunday, as the girls were expected to meet with the country’s president and their families. (AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba)
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The death bed scene after President Abraham Lincoln was mortally wounded in Ford's Theater April 14, 1865, is shown in this rare picture.  The picture shows Mrs. Lincoln kneeling beside the bed and members of the cabinet behind it.  This picture was supposed to have been given to a friend by Mrs. Lincoln shortly after the funeral and then passed down through the family from generation to generation.  (AP Photo)
The 'Titanic', a passenger ship of the White Star Line, that sank in the night of April 14-15, 1912.   (Photo by Roger Viollet/Getty Images)
FILE - A  Saturday, April 20, 1985 photo from files showing the memorial site of former Nazi concentration camp Bergen Belsen near Celle, Germany. The queen is planning to leave Tuesday, June 23, 2015, on a state visit to Germany that will include her first visit to a former concentration camp site. She and her husband Prince Philip plan to visit the Bergen-Belsen camp where diarist Anne Frank and her sister Margot died just weeks before the British liberated it on April 15, 1945.(AP Photo/Heribert Proepper, File)
New York State Police guard the grave of President Franklin D. Roosevelt on his estate at Hyde Park, N.Y., April 15, 1945, following his funeral.  (AP Photo)
Fidel Castro, fresh from a visit to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, poses in front of the Capitol today.  The 32-year-old Cuban Prime Minister paid an unheralded visit to the Capitol April 17, 1959 and chatted with members of the committee.  (AP Photo)
U.S. marshals escort Patricia Hearst from San Francisco's Federal Building in San Francisco, Feb. 3, 1976, where jury selection continued in her bank robbery trial. The jury is expected to be seated on Tuesday, raising the possibility the first testimony would be hears on Wednesday – the second anniversary of Miss Hearst’s kidnapping by the Symbionese Liberation Army. At left is Marshal Janey Jimenez, and at right is Marshal Mike Tarr. (AP Photo)
FILE - In this Monday, April 15, 2013 file photo, medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Aisha Yusuf, a 'Bring Back Our Girls' campaigner, speaks on the release of the kidnapped Chibok School Girls at the unity fountain in Abuja, Nigeria, Sunday, May 7, 2017. Five Boko Haram commanders were released in exchange for the freedom of 82 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by the extremist group three years ago, a Nigerian government official said Sunday, as the girls were expected to meet with the country's president and their families. (AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba)

Today is Monday, April 15, the 105th day of 2019.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On April 15, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln died nine hours after being shot the night before by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater in Washington; Andrew Johnson became the nation’s 17th president.

On this date:

In 1452, artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci was born in or near the Tuscan town of Vinci.

In 1912, the British luxury liner RMS Titanic foundered in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland more than 2 1/2 hours after hitting an iceberg; 1,514 people died, while less than half as many survived.

In 1943, the Ayn Rand novel “The Fountainhead” was first published by Bobbs-Merrill Co.

In 1945, during World War II, British and Canadian troops liberated the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who died on April 12, was buried at the Roosevelt family home in Hyde Park, New York.

In 1947, Jackie Robinson, baseball’s first black major league player, made his official debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on opening day at Ebbets Field. (The Dodgers defeated the Boston Braves, 5-3.)

In 1959, Cuban leader Fidel Castro arrived in Washington to begin a goodwill tour of the United States. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles resigned for health reasons (he was succeeded by Christian A. Herter).

In 1974, members of the Symbionese Liberation Army held up a branch of the Hibernia Bank in San Francisco; a member of the group was SLA kidnap victim Patricia Hearst, who by this time was going by the name “Tania” (Hearst later said she’d been forced to participate).

In 1985, South Africa said it would repeal laws prohibiting sex and marriage between whites and non-whites.

In 1986, the United States launched an air raid against Libya in response to the bombing of a discotheque in Berlin on April 5; Libya said 37 people, mostly civilians, were killed.

In 1989, 96 people died in a crush of soccer fans at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England. Students in Beijing launched a series of pro-democracy protests; the demonstrations culminated in a government crackdown at Tiananmen Square.

In 1998, Pol Pot, the notorious leader of the Khmer Rouge, died at age 72, evading prosecution for the deaths of two million Cambodians.

In 2013, two bombs made from pressure cookers exploded at the Boston Marathon finish line, killing two women and an 8-year-old boy and injuring more than 260. Suspected bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev (TAM’-ehr-luhn tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) died in a shootout with police; his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv), was tried, convicted and sentenced to death.

Ten years ago: Whipped up by conservative commentators and bloggers, tens of thousands of protesters staged “tea parties” around the country to tap into the collective angst stirred up by a bad economy, government spending and bailouts. A U.S. Army master sergeant was convicted of murder at a court-martial in Vilseck, Germany in the 2007 killings of four bound and blindfolded Iraqis. (John Hatley initially received life in prison, but had his sentence later reduced to 40 years.) Pirates released the Greek-owned cargo ship Titan that had been hijacked off the Somali coast on March 19.

Five years ago: Boko Haram terrorists kidnapped some 276 girls from a school in northeastern Nigeria. Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the first anniversary of the attack with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city’s resilience.

One year ago: A seven-hour battle over territory and money broke out among inmates armed with homemade knives at the Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina, leaving seven inmates dead and 22 injured in the worst U.S. prison riot in a quarter-century. At the Academy of Country Music Awards, held in Las Vegas six months after the deadly shooting at a country music festival there, Jason Aldean paid tribute to the 58 people killed; he spoke after he was named entertainer of the year for the third consecutive time. (Aldean had been performing at the Las Vegas festival when the shooting began.)

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