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Less than a week after the Civil War ended, a telegraph arrived in Olympia on April 15, 1865, with the tragic news that President Lincoln had been shot and had died from the assassin's bullet. The telegraph also claimed that Secretary of State William H. Seward had been been attacked and stabbed while at home (which was true), and had also died (which was false). Seward survived the stabbing, and he is best remembered for advocating the purchase of Alaska, which the U. S. Senate ratified on April 9, 1867.
On April 11, 1897, the USS Oregon became the first in a long line of battleships to dock at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton. Nearly a century later, on April 12, 1992, the shipyard welcomed home the famed USS Missouri for deactivation and storage, but the historic vessel didn't stay long.
The town of Bothell incorporated on April 14, 1909, and three days later residents got an eyeful of incivility after a local newspaper publisher wrote a scathing editorial about poor performance at the local post office. The town's assistant postmistress took umbrage and horsewhipped the man right on Main Street.
The sinking of the Titanic on the night of April 14-15, 1912, sent ripples as far away as Puget Sound. Six Washingtonians went down with the "unsinkable" ocean liner, including filmmaker William Harbeck, who had filmed such historic events as the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition and Washington's first airplane flight. Harbeck's body was recovered, but his motion pictures have disappeared from view.
On April 9, 1976, the original Seattle Sounders, forerunners of Sounders FC, played at the Kingdome's first sporting event. On April 12, 1992, Seattle native Fred Couples won the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia. And on April 13, 2008, the Seattle SuperSonics played their final home game before moving to Oklahoma City.
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