TODAY IN HISTORY
In 73 AD, rather than face defeat at the hands of the Romans, Jews in the fortress of Masada committed mass suicide.
In 1682, Archpriest Avvakum, the leader of a traditionalist movement within the Russian Orthodox Church known as the Old Believers, was martyred. At Czar Theodore’s order, he and several other prisoners were locked in a log cabin and burned alive.
In 1759, German composer George Frideric Handel died at age 74 in London.
In 1775, the first society for the abolition of North American slavery was organized by Quakers in Philadelphia.
In 1828, the first edition of Webster’s Dictionary of the English Language was published.
In 1865, American President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth while watching a play at a Washington theatre. Lincoln, who had just led the Union side to victory in the U.S. Civil War, died the next day. He was succeeded by Vice President Andrew Johnson.