147 years ago: Lincoln.

On April 14, 1865, Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles made a note in his diary:  “Last night [April 13] there was a general illumination in Washington, fireworkds, etc.  To-day [April 14] is the anniversary of the surrender of Sumter, and the flag is to be raised by General Anderson.” In the same entry, Secretary Welles wrote about a dream President Lincoln told him about, “the usual dream which he had preceding nearly every great and important event of the War.”  

“I had,” the President remarked, “this strange dream again last night, and we shall, judging from the past, have great news very soon.  I think it must be from Sherman.  My thoughts are in that direction, as are most of yours.”

News did come…   and it must have been as horrifying to the Union of that day as similar news was to Americans almost a century later.  Secretary Welles tells about it in his diary:

I had retired to bed about half past-ten on the evening of the 14th of April, and was just getting asleep when Mrs. Welles, my wife, said some one was at our door.  Sitting up in bed, I heard a voice twice call to John, my son, whose sleeping-room was on the second floor directly over the front entrace.  I arose at once and raised a window, when my messenger, James Smith, called to me that Mr. Lincoln, the President, had been shot and said Secretary Seward and his son, Assistant Secretary Frederick Seward, were assassinated… 

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