Today isn't only TAX day. The Titanic sunk on this date, and earlier Abe Lincoln died from an assasin's bullet!
Died April 15
Abraham Lincoln, 1863 (Wikimedia Commons/ Alexander Gardner)
Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States, guided the country through the Civil War and maintained the Union despite a committed insurgency from the Confederacy. He rose to prominence during the 1858 Illinois Senate race, when he and rival Stephen Douglas engaged in a widely publicized series of debates. Lincoln ultimately lost the election, but he came back two years later to win the Republican Party's nomination for president, handily winning the general election. When Lincoln took office in 1861, seven southern states seceded from the U.S. over Lincoln's publicly stated opposition to slavery. The break led to the Civil War, the emancipation of America's African slaves and eventually Lincoln's assassination. We remember the remarkable life of Abraham Lincoln today as well as other notable people who died this day in history.