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Abraham Lincoln—February 12, 2009 was the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.

Friday, February 13th, 2009

February 13, 2009

Abraham Lincoln—February 12, 2009 was the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.

 Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, successfully led the country through the Civil War from 1861 until his assassination in 1865. Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., where John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln on April 14, 1865, reopened this week following an extensive renovation. President Barack Obama praised Lincoln for his fight to end slavery at the theatre’s opening ceremony.

The U.S. Treasury is also honoring Lincoln this year by releasing four pennies with images commemorating Lincoln’s life. The first penny will have the image of the one-room cabin where Lincoln was born. Christie’s put a handwritten copy of a Lincoln speech up for auction yesterday, estimating that it would sell for $3 million to $4 million. Lincoln gave the speech at the White House shortly after he won re-election in 1864.

Sources: The Associated Press, BBC, wikipedia.org