On this day: April 14

Published: Apr 08 2014 06:39:16 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 14 2014 02:00:00 AM EDT

John Wilkes Booth shoots Lincoln, the Titanic hits an iceberg, "The Grapes of Wrath" is published, two actresses tie at the Oscars, and the space shuttle completes its first mission, all on this day.

OTD April 14 - Yushu earthquake
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2010: Nearly 2,700 are killed in a magnitude 6.9 earthquake in Yushu, Qinghai, China.

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