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Noah Webster copyrights the first edition of his dictionary.
The Donner Party departs for California from Springfield, Illinois
Good Friday and President Abraham Lincoln is shot in the back of the head by John Wilkes Booth while watching a performance of the play Our American Cousin at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C.
English actor and director, John Gielgud (Julius Caesar) born in London, England.
The RMS Titanic collides with an iceberg at 11:40 PM in the middle of the North Atlantic on her maiden voyage.
French photographer Robert Doisneau born in Paris, France.
American actor Rod Steiger (Dr. Zhivago) born in Westhampton, New York.
Russian actor, playwright, and poet Vladimir Mayakovsky dies an apparent suicide by a single pistol shot to the heart.
Country Western singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn born in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky.
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck is first published.
Actress Julie Christie (Dr. Zhivago) born in Chabua, India.
Cartoonist and screenwriter Daniel Clowes (Eightball) born in Chicago, Illinois.