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Today is April 14th, a generally unlucky day as far as history sees it, though not all bad.

On April 14th of 70 A.D. Roman Emperor Titus surrounded Jerusalem and sieged it, the beginning of the end of a Jewish revolt against their Roman rulers. Timur was elected the Great Khan of the Mongol Empire in 1294 on this day, and in 1471, the Yorkist Edward IV of England defeated Henry VI’s Lancastrian army under the command of the Earl of Warwick, thereby regaining the throne. In 1865, US President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth, dramatically changing American history. In 1912, the famed Titanic hit an iceberg, the beginning of an infamous disaster that resulted in the deaths of many on board the ship.

However, not everything that happened on April 14th was a disaster! For instance, Noah Webster copyrighted the first edition of his famous dictionary, and the first Abolitionist Society was formed in 1775 by Benjamin Franklin. Also, April 14th is my Dad’s birthday, and is a day that Easter occasionally arrives on.

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