April 14, 1865: President Abraham Lincoln was shot as he attended a play at Ford's Theatre in Washington. He died the next morning without regaining consciousness. His assassin, John Wilkes Booth, murdered the president to avenge the South's defeat in the Civil War. Show More Summary
The FBI was created 43 years after Abraham Lincoln's death, and yet his assassin has... an FBI file? Yep, a file was opened into John Wilkes Booth in 1922 and was still active as late as 1977, Smithsonian reports. The blog Wonders & Marvels got hold of the bulky file,...
by Jack El-Hai, Wonders & Marvels contributor Admit it — if you’re following this blog, you believe that reading something especially intriguing can transport you through an unexpected window of history. I have that experience almost every time I browse FBI files on notable people and events. Over the years, in response to Freedom of […]
John Wilkes Booth readies the killing shot on President Abraham Lincoln in the new book "Assassinated!" The book showcases the attempts on the lives of 12 US presidents. (Credit: Brendan Powell Smith/Assassinated!) You've seen the picture a thousand times. Show More Summary
President Abraham Lincoln died on April 15th, 1865, mere hours after John Wilkes Booth inflicted the mortal gunshot wound, but his body had to survive a 19-day train ride across the country before being laid to rest in Springfield, Ill. Show More Summary
Rand Paul, who opposes the Civil Rights Act and defended a white supremacist staffer who wrote an article titled "John Wilkes Booth Was Right," is reaching out to the African American community again by stating, "I Don't Think ThereShow More Summary
“Buck Henry” (season one, episode 10; originally aired 1/1/7/1976) Buck Henry hosted Saturday Night Live 10 times, and he first appeared on the show’s tenth episode. (And John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln in a theater and fled to...Show More Summary
More: Rand Paul Stands by His 'Southern Avenger' WASHINGTON –- In an interview with The Huffington Post, Sen. Rand Paul stoutly defended an aide who, as a radio shock jock in South Carolina, praised John Wilkes Booth, heaped scorn on...Show More Summary
Sen. Rand Paul's (R-KY) social media director, Jack Hunter, is making news by virtue of his not-so-secret identity as the masked Southern Avenger, a Confederacy-boosting radio personality who celebrates John Wilkes Booth's birthday. That news has, unfortunately, lost Sen. Paul an important quasi-ally, as All In with Chris Hayes host Chris Hayes announced...
The Washington Free Beacon his morning combed hrough the public statements and professional affiliations of Jack "Southern Avenger" Hunter, a 39-year-old aide to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) and co-author of the libertarian-leaning Republican's 2011...Show More Summary
Comedy Central has put the first episode of Drunk History online over two weeks before its July 9 premiere, and if you ever wanted to see Adam Scott as John Wilkes Booth, Bob Odenkirk as Richard Nixon, Nathan Fielder as Robert Woodward,...Show More Summary
April 26 On this day. 1865: President Abraham Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth, was killed when Union soldiers found him hiding in a barn in Virginia. Booth murdered Lincoln 12 days before, as the president attended a play at Ford's Theatre in Washington. Show More Summary
When “Julius Caesar” was performed at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York in 1864, the role of Mark Antony was played by John Wilkes Booth. His brother Edwin Booth played Brutus, and their brother Junius Brutus Booth, Jr., was Cassius. Show More Summary
As all the world knows by now, Lincoln was assassinated by the actor John Wilkes Booth, who was shot to death by federal troops. Since then Booth has in the popular mind become the template for the crazed lone assassin. In fact, Booth was not the only assassin at work that night.
Reacting to the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday, Republican Rep. Tom Cotton called his passing "welcome news" and evoked the Latin phrase that John Wilkes Booth famously shouted after assassinating Abraham Lincoln in 1865. "Sic semper tyrannis," Cotton said in a statement, which means "thus ever to tyrants." "After the welcome news [...]
Here are two punch lines that remind us of Lincoln's death. One worked for most, the other only for a minority. It had nothing to do with sensitivity about Lincoln's passing, rather it was the approach.
That Chris Brown and Rihanna joke he made earned groans but, weirdly enough, not as many as his John Wilkes Booth joke?!?
Seth MacFarlane: >"I would argue, however, that the actor who really got inside Lincoln’s head was John Wilkes Booth,” he said, garnering “ooohs” from the audience. “Really? 150 years later and it’s still too soon?” Yep. Still too s...
'Killing Lincoln' star Jesse Johnson reveals the little-known history of John Wilkes Booth - including the assassin's real-life status as an A-list actor.
"My great-grandfather was in Ford's Theatre the night that Lincoln got killed. I'm very close to this story," says Graham Beckel, who plays Secretary of War Edwin Stanton in "Killy Lincoln."