People: Telegram on Lincoln's death for sale


Telegram on Lincoln's death for sale

The handwritten notification of President Abraham Lincoln's death is being offered for sale by a Philadelphia documents dealer.

Nathan Raab, president of the Raab Collection, says the telegram was thought to be lost, and calls it "truly one of our great finds."

It was written inside the home where Lincoln was rushed after being shot at Ford's Theater on April 14, 1865. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton and Thomas Eckert, the chief telegraph officer, stood watch over Lincoln, who died April 15.

The telegram reads: "Abraham Lincoln died this morning at 22 minutes after seven."

Stanton dictated the telegram to Eckert, who gave it to a runner to take to War Department telegraphers.

The piece had been in the collection of a Civil War general's family for generations and is valued at $500,000.

The 154th anniversary of Lincoln's assassination is today.

DeGeneres surprises teachers in baby-boom photo

A baby boom at one Kansas elementary school has caught the attention of Ellen DeGeneres.

Seven teachers were pregnant at the same time at Oak Street Elementary School in Goddard when the school posted a photo on Facebook last month with the women showing off their bulging bellies.

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The suburban Wichita school district said the school's kindergarten classes of 2024-2025 are "growing by the day."

DeGeneres surprised the teachers from her TV studio in a segment posted online Wednesday, telling them to "take deep breaths" and warning: "Nobody have a baby right now." She also invited them to her Mother's Day show.

After the photo was taken, two teachers delivered within a day of each other while just two rooms apart in the same hospital. One teacher is expecting twins.

Students create"Game of Thrones" algorithm

Spoiler alert: Computer science students at the Technical University of Munich have developed an application that scours the internet for data on the popular "Game of Thrones" series, and uses an algorithm to predict which characters are most likely to survive to the end of its final season.

Project supervisor Guy Yachdav said Friday survival rates are predicted using longevity analysis similar to scientific studies used to examine the effects of medical treatments.

He says although the analysis "relies on data taken from the world of fantasy, the exact same artificial intelligence techniques are used in the real world."

The results ? Daenerys Targaryen has the highest chance of survival, at 99 percent, and Bronn is the most likely to die next.

Only time will tell, but the series is notoriously unpredictable.

Today's birthdays: Actress Claudia Cardinale ("Son of the Pink Panther") is 81. Actor Michael Tucci ("Diagnosis Murder") is 73. Actress Emma Thompson is 60. Singer Samantha Fox is 53. Country singer Chris Stapleton is 41. Actor Seth Rogen is 37. Actress Samira Wiley ("Orange Is The New Black") is 32. Actress Emma Watson ("Harry Potter" movies) is 29. Actress Maisie Williams ("Game of Thrones") is 22.

— The Associated Press


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