Sic Semper Tyrannus – Today In Southern History

14 April 1865  

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.

Other Years:

  • 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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