Posted tagged ‘John Wilkes Booth’

April 15 is More Than Tax Day — Lincoln Dies From Assassination Effort

April 15, 2009

lincoln-chairYes, it’s Tax Day. But it’s also the day in 1865 that Abraham Lincoln died after being shot the night before while watching a show in Washington D.C.’s Ford’s Theater. He was 56 and the first U.S. president to be assassinated.

What’s this got to do with factory automation? Well, the chair that Lincoln was sitting in when he was shot by John Wilkes Booth resides — blood stains and all — in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich.

Ford, of course, is considered the father of modern factory automation. And now you know.