1865: President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater, Washington, D.C.
Born 1866: Anne Sullivan (teacher and mentor to Helen Keller)
1891: New Jersey passed the first law providing state aid for public roads
1902: James Cash Penney opened his first store, Kemmerer, Wyoming
1910: President William Howard Taft threw a pitch to open the baseball season
1912: The world's largest passenger ship, the RMS Titanic, struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic on its maiden voyage
1921: Judge ruled “aspirin” is generic trademark in U.S.
Born 1935: Loretta Lynn (singer)
Born 1941: Pete Rose (baseball player)
Born 1960: Brad Garrett (actor)
1969: First major league baseball game in Canada, Expos vs. Cardinals
1969: Katharine Hepburn became the first to win three Best Actress Oscars
Born 1973: Adrien Brody (actor)
Born 1977: Sarah Michelle Gellar (actress)
Died 1995: Burl Ives (actor & singer)
Born 1996: Abigail Breslin (actress)
Died 2002: Buck Baker (race car driver)
Died 2007: Don Ho (entertainer)
2008: 51-pound 4-ounce monkfish caught in Stellwagen Bank, Massachusetts
2009: Beatle George Harrison received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame
2010: A massive fireball shot across the evening sky, visible for about 15 minutes in the Midwest. A sonic boom and lightning were reported.
2010: A 7.1-magnitude earthquake devastated China’s Yushu County in the Qinghai Province
Died 2011: Trevor Bannister (actor)
Died 2011: Walter Breuning (retired railroad worker from Montana who was, at the time of his death, the world's oldest man at 114 years old.)