In 1893, Ford's Theatre was closed to the public. In 1933, the structure became the property of the Department of the Interior, who to this day, still controls the property rights through the National Park Service.
The theatre would not be opened again, until January of 1968. What is curious about this, is the year 1968 itself. For starters, this is the year MLK and RFK were assassinated. MLK was assassinated on April 4th, the same day it is said Lincoln dreamed of being assassinated, only to be shot 10 days later on April 14th. Also in this year, 9-1-1 was made the national emergency dialing code, and construction began on the WTC buildings. Unknown to many, both entities share a birth-year of 1968, 33 years before the two seemingly separate things would become joined in infamy. Also with regards to the WTC buildings, they would be opened on April 4, 1973, 5 years to the day of the King assassination. Ford's Theatre would remain in operation from 1968-77, when it was then closed, not to be opened again until 2009.
After closing in 1977, the theatre would not open for another 32 years. On February 11, 2009, Barack Obama gave a speech at Ford's Theatre, helping commemorate the re-opening of the historic building. In the ceremony, an actor, dressed up as Abraham Lincoln, presents Barack Obama with a "hand engraved, illuminated, manuscript, of the Gettysburg Address". Please see the video here, and pay extra careful attention to that use of the word "illuminated". It is very curious indeed. Making matters even more interesting, Barack Obama is the 44th President, a number associated with assassination. He is also from the 'Land of Abe', a land that has already endured the sadness of losing a President to assassination, in what is known as one of the most famous political assassinations of all-time.
Tomorrow, will mark the 50th year anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination, which took place in Dallas, TX, on November 22, 1963. As of today, this is the longest period of time in U.S. history, that a President has not died while in office.
- February 11, 2009
- 42nd day of the year
- 2/11/09 = 2+11+09 = 22
- 2/11/2009 = 2+1+1+2+0+0+9 = 15
- This date could also be shown as 11-11-11 using numerology.