On April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln and his wife attended a play at Ford's Theatre. That same evening, at ten o'clock, Booth entered the theatre, and went directly to the box where Lincoln was sitting. He pulled out a derringer, held it behind the president’s left ear, and pulled the trigger. He then jumped down to the stage yelling “Sic semper tyrannis” (“ever thus to tyrants”). Booth then ran off and the president died early the next morning.