April 14, 1865: John Wilkes Booth, an actor and Confederate sympathizer, fatally shoots President Abraham Lincoln at a play at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. The attack came only five days after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his massive army at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, effectively ending the American Civil War.
Booth was eventually cornered in a barn in Virginia following an extensive horseback pursuit. The barn was burned to the ground,and it is believed that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound during the course of that event.
April 14, 1912: The RMS Titanic fails to divert away from an iceberg, ruptures its hull, and sinks between midnight this day and 2:30 a.m. on the 15th. 1,500 people either went down with the ship or froze to death in the North Atlantic.
April 14, 1962: Packy, the first elephant born in the Western hemisphere in 44 years, hits the ground in Portland, Oregon. Quite apart from the fact that the seven previous elephants born in our hemisphere didn't survive long, Packy became rather a Portland-area icon. Due to the fact that - despite his never having left the Portland Zoo elephant facility - unconscionably poor animal management practices at the Oregon facility over the past seventeen years or so exposed their elephant herd to zoonotic transmission (human to elephant) of tuberculosis. When Packy failed to respond well to treatment, he was euthanized on February 9, 2017. He would have been 55 today.
He's 12 feet below the straw.
Presumably, the rest of the herd will join him and the other three already buried there - as those animals too had TB. At present, there are now five elephants at Oregon Zoo, all of which are likely infected but yet to display signs.