How highly do historians and publishers regard Benjamin Franklin? We looked at four studies, and the results ranged from Franklin as the equal of John Marshall, to a figure less than important than Hulk Hogan and Benedict Arnold.
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Today marks the 225th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s death, which drew many different responses from the citizens of Philadelphia (who mourned in droves) and the U.S. Senate (which refused to mourn Franklin).
On April 15, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln died from his assassin’s wounds. But if John Wilkes Booth’s plot were entirely successful, a little-known senator may have been thrust into the White House for almost a year.
April 15 is marked each year as the traditional day people need to file their taxes, so it’s not exactly celebrated as a holiday. But how did April 15 become the big day–and how did we get the IRS in the first place?
It was 150 years ago tonight the President Abraham Lincoln was shot while watching a play at Ford’s Theater. Lincoln died the next morning, and in the aftermath, some odd facts seemed to pop up.