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This Day In History: April 14

Today is the 105th day of 2008 and the 26th day of spring.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1865, John Wilkes Booth shot and fatally wounded President Abraham Lincoln. In 1939, John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath was published. In 1986, the U.S. launched air strikes against Libya. In 2002, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez regained power after a military coup overthrew him two days earlier.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Anne Sullivan Macy (1866-1936), educator; John Gielgud (1904-2000), actor; Rod Steiger (1925-2002), actor; Loretta Lynn (1935- ), singer, is 73; Julie Christie (1940- ), actress, is 68; Pete Rose (1941- ), baseball player, is 67; Greg Maddux (1966- ), baseball player, is 42; Adrien Brody (1973- ), actor, is 35; Abigail Breslin (1996- ), actress, is 12.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 2003, Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche became the first NHL goalie to win 150 playoff games.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Doctors tell me I have the body of a thirty year old. I know I have the brain of a fifteen year old. If you've got both, you can play baseball." - Pete Rose

TODAY'S FACT: The lowest point on earth is called Challenger Deep, located at the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean—nearly 11,000 meters (36,000 feet) below sea level.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 7:22 a.m. - time of Abraham Lincoln's death, the day after he was shot.

TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter (April 12) and full moon (April 20).


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