Eve Golden poses an interesting question: How did America observe the 50th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination?
The answer is that the ceremonies were quite muted compared to today’s observations on the death of President John F. Kennedy. President Wilson ordered flags flown at half-staff in memory of the slain president.
The next day, The Times ran two accounts by people who were in Ford’s Theater the night Lincoln was shot, Herbert M. Nogle and Lt. Charles H. Jones. One story noted that the occasion was the first time, as anyone could remember, that the anniversary of a president’s death was observed.