On This Date, April 14th

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On this date in 1775, America’s first abolitionist society was formed in Philadelphia.

Also on this date, in 1818, Noah Webster published the first edition of his “American Dictionary of the English Language”.

And also on this date, in 1860, the first pony express rider reached his first destination, San Francisco, after starting in St. Joseph, MO, April 3.

And on this day, in 1865, President Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

Also on this day, in 1894, the first kinetoscope parlor was opened in NYC.

And also on this day, in 1912, RMS Titanic hit an iceberg and sunk the next morning.

And today, in 1918, US soldiers participated in their first dogfights, on the Western Front.

Also today, in 1935, Loretta Lynn was born in Butcher Hollow, KY.

And also today, in 1969, two Oscar records were made: Barbra Streisand and Katherine Hepburn shared Best Actress, and it was Hepburn’s record third.

And it was today, in 2010, when Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano plumed ash over Europe, suspending continental air travel for a week.

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