The Chicago Tribune’s ¬†April 15, 1865 edition topped its lead Lincoln assassination story with eight headlines, stacked atop one another:

Terrible News

President Lincoln Assassinated at Ford’s Theater

A Rebel Desperado Shoots Him Through the Head and Escapes

Secretary Seward and Major Fred Seward Stabbed by Another Desperado

Their Wounds Pronounced Not Fatal

Full Details of the Terrible Affair

Undoubted Plan to Murder Secretary Seward

Very Latest … The President is Dying