Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1865 – Union cavalry troopers corner and shoot dead John Wilkes Booth, assassin of President Lincoln (More info)

1933 – The Gestapo, the official secret police force of Nazi Germany, is established (More info)

1986 – A nuclear reactor accident occurs at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Soviet Union, now Ukraine, creating the world’s worst nuclear disaster (More info)

1977 – Legendary disco Studio 54 opens (More info)

2005 – Under international pressure, Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon, ending its 29-year military domination of that country (More info)