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Murder in the theatre

There was only one war veteran in the box, Major Rathbone, who rushed the assassin after the shot rang out, but failed to catch him. Having jumped from the box, the murderer landed on the stage, breaking his ankle. Despite his serious injury, he managed to get out of the theatre. While leaving, John Wilkes Booth exclaimed “Sic semper tyrannis” i.e. “Thus always to tyrants”.

Abraham Lincoln was the first American president in history to be assassinated. On April 14, 1865, well-known stage actor John Wilkes Booth, a native of Maryland, mortally wounded the 16th president of the United States in Ford’s Theatre, Washington D.C.

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