1865: Abraham Lincoln is fatally shot while attending a play at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.
1912: The RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic ocean.
1935: Texas and Oklahoma are hit by one of the worst massive sandstorms of all time, creating the area known as the “Dust Bowl.” Many people die, and countless others are forced to relocate.
1944: The first group of Jewish citizens transported from Athens, Greece arrives at Auschwitz.
1944: The massive freighter SS Fort Stikine explodes while docked in Bombay, India, killing hundreds of people.
1972: Twenty-four bombs go off across Northern Ireland, the work of the Provisional Irish Republican Army.
1986: A massive hailstorm hits Gopalganj, Bangladesh. Ninety-two people are killed; this storm also holds the record for the largest hailstone ever recorded: a chunk of ice weighing 2.2 pounds.
1999: The National Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, accidentally bombs a convoy of civilian vehicles after mistaking them for Serbian military vehicles, killing 73 Albanian refugees.
2013: Eleven people die and 50 others are injured in a hotel fire in Xiangyang, China.
1587: Queen Elizabeth I of England signs death warrant for her cousin, Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots.
1888: 246 are reported killed by hail in Moradabad, India.
1889: Adolph Hitler is born.
1916: Weeghman Park (soon to be Wrigley Field) opens in Chicago. Cubs still won’t be able to win a World Series.
1920: Tornadoes kill 219 in Alabama and Mississippi.
1999: Columbine High School massacre. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 13 people and injure 24 others before committing suicide.
2010: Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion kills 11 and causes rig to sink, initiating a massive oil discharge in the Gulf of Mexico.
2012: Plane crash near Islamabad, Pakistan, kills 127 people.
2013: 193 people are killed and 11,826 are injured after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake strikes Lushan County, China.
2013: 5 snowboarders are killed by an avalanche in Loveland Pass, Colorado.