ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY: check out our top ten happenings on April 14 throughout history...

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April 14 1543 - Bartoleme Ferrelo returned to Spain after discovering San Francisco Bay in the New World.

April 14 1775 - The first abolitionist society in U.S. was organized in Philadelphia with Ben Franklin as president.

April 14 1828 - The first edition of Noah Webster’s dictionary was published under the name “American Dictionary of the English Language.”

April 14 1865 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in Ford’s Theater by John Wilkes Booth. He actually died early the next morning.

April 14 1894 - First public showing of Thomas Edison’s kinetoscope took place.

April 14 1912 - The Atlantic passenger liner Titanic, on its maiden voyage hit an iceberg and began to sink. 1,517 people would lose their lives.

April 14 1981 - America’s first space shuttle, Columbia, returned to Earth after a three-day test flight. The shuttle orbited the Earth 36 times during the mission.

April 14 1984 - The Texas Board of Education began requiring that the state’s public school textbooks describe the evolution of human beings as “theory rather than fact”.

April 14 1998 - The state of Virginia ignored the requests from the World Court and executed a Paraguayan for the murder of a U.S. woman.

April 14 2002 - U.S. President George W. Bush sent a letter of congratulations to JCPenny’s associates for being in business for 100 years. James Cash (J.C.) Penney had opened his first retail store on April 14, 1902.