On This Day In History, 14 April

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World Events Today

  • Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was assassinated by Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth today in 1865, he died the following day
  • On its maiden voyage across the Atlantic, the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg near Newfoundland at 11:40pm today in 1912
  • After launching 2 days earlier, the first Space Shuttle, Columbia, returned to Earth today in 1981

Entertainment Events Today

  • The British children’s comic Eagle, was published for the first time today in 1950
  • The American record label Motown, previously Tamla Records, was founded today in 1960
  • The American legal drama Kramer vs Kramer won 5 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, today in 1980

Family Events Today

  • The Scottish actor Robert Carlyle, star of Trainspotting and The Full Monty, was born today in 1961 in Glasgow
  • The American actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, who played Buffy Summers in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was born today in 1977 in New York
  • The American soul and gospel singer Percy Sledge, best known for the hit single When a Man Loves a Woman, died today in 2015 aged 73

Main Event Today

  • The Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland erupted today in 2010, it resulted in the cancellation of hundreds of plane flights across Europe

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Dolphin Day

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