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April 15 will make it 150 years since President Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre. President Obama is expected to issue a proclamation making April 15, 2015, a Day of Remembrance for Lincoln. And if you’re planning a trip to Washington, DC, you may want to buy tickets to the Crime Museum’s new Assassinations in the Capital tour.
Skyfall — the 23rd movie about the debonair British spy James Bond — is expected to see an explosive weekend at the box office. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new 007 flick could rake in as much as $75 million during its opening weekend, after already making $320 million overseas in just 2 weeks.
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No matter how much money the movie makes, we’re more envious about James Bond’s travels to all the picturesque destinations featured in the film. In reprising his role as the hot spy, actor Daniel Craig traveled to various locations — including Istanbul, Shanghai, London and Glen Etive, Highland, Scotland — to film the new Bond movie. READ MORE
Photo: Abraham Lincoln’s Inauguration, March 4, 1861 (Library of Congress)
In the 4 months between Abraham Lincoln’s election in November 1860 and his inauguration on March 4, 1861, momentous changes rocked the foundations of the still-young United States of America. Fearing that Lincoln’s election spelled doom for the South’s slavery-based social and economic system, South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas seceded from the Union. The first stirrings of what would eventually become the bloodiest war in American history took place in the standoff between South Carolina and Federal troops over Fort Sumter. In his First Inaugural Address Lincoln attempted to steer a course of compromise, but by then the path to Civil War had reached the point of no return.
March 4, 2011, marks the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s historic inauguration, and several events are planned around the country to mark the occasion. From Washington, DC, to the Chickamauga Battlefield, commemorative lectures, performances and parades are scheduled. Check out our slideshow of Lincoln destinations to plan your own Lincoln-themed vacation. And don’t forget the other presidents — we’ve got that covered, too.