1809 Abraham Lincoln is born in a one-room cabin in Kentucky
1832 Lincoln becomes a candidate in a failed bid for the Illinois General Assembly
1858 First of the Lincoln-Douglas debates in which Lincoln debates Stephen Douglas during a campaign for the U.S. Senate.
1861 American Civil War: at the order of President Abraham Lincoln, Union troops begin a 25 mile march into Virginia for what will become The First Battle of Bull Run, the first major land battle of the war.
1863 U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signs the National Currency Act into law.
1865 President Abraham Lincoln signs the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
1865 President Abraham Lincoln makes his last public speech.
1865 Abraham Lincoln dies without regaining consciousness after being shot the previous evening by actor John Wilkes Booth.
1865 American Civil War: four conspirators in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln are hanged.