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John Wilkes Booth

Assassin John Wilkes Booth

Profession: Assassin

United States of America

Why Famous: Assassinated US President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre, in Washington, D.C.

Booth was a member of then famous Booth theatrical family from Maryland and a noted actor himself.

A Confederate sympathizer, he lamented the abolition of slavery in the United States and believed the Civil War was still ongoing when he took his fateful action.

Born: May 10, 1838
Birthplace: Bel Air, Maryland, USA
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: April 26, 1865 (aged 26)
Cause of Death: Shot in the neck by Union soldier Boston Corbett contrary to orders to take him alive

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Historical Events

  • 1853-01-23 John Wilkes Booth is baptized at St. Timothy's Protestant Episcopal Church
  • 1865-03-04 Abraham Lincoln inaugurated for his 2nd term as US President. The man who would assassinate him weeks later, John Wilkes Booth, is photographed attending the inauguration.
  • 1865-04-14 US President Abraham Lincoln is shot in the head by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater in Washington; he dies a day later
  • 1865-04-15 Abraham Lincoln dies nine hours after he is shot by John Wilkes Booth while attending the play "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theatre in Washington

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