Today is the day on which, in 1865, an actor named John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln as he attended the theatre.
Aged only 26, Booth was already a stage star. Yet he was also passionately in favour of slavery and passionately against Lincoln, who was wrapping up his successful war against the Southern states. Even though his life was cut short, Lincoln saved the United States from a permanent split and brought an end to slavery.
Let's remember this outstanding president with a President from Harry Craddock's The Savoy Cocktail Book.
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