In 1865, John Wilkes Booth of Bel Air shot President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. Booth fled to a farm in Virginia, where he was killed when soldiers caught up to him 12 days later. He was buried at Baltimore’s Green Mount Cemetery. (Baltimore Sun file photo, 1959)
1759: Composer George Frideric Handel died in London; he was 74.
1912: The British luxury liner Titanic struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland on its debut voyage to New York.
1939: The John Steinbeck novel “The Grapes of Wrath” was first published.
Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.