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Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Death and Taxes
It is joked that the only sure things in this world are death and taxes. Today's post is about both.

Today is April 15. If you live in the United States, you know that means that it's Tax Day. My husband and I are not among the group who like to wait until the last minute to file taxes. Most years, by today we have already filed our taxes, received any refund, and already spent it (or at least planned how it will be spent). This year was no different - but don't ask how we spent it. I don't remember.

On this day in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln died from a gunshot wound inflicted the night before by John Wilkes Booth. A Confederate sympathizer, Booth probably thought it Lincoln's death would rally the Confederacy and demoralize the Union. Unfortunately, communication being what it was back then, he didn't know that Lee had surrendered at Appomattox - six days before!

On this day in 1912, the Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg the night before. (Yes, I know I'm splitting hairs with the "night before" description, but it fit my theme.) Sinking at approximately 2:20 a.m., the liner had hit a submerged iceberg just before midnight.

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