TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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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.

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