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Five years ago, on April 19th, 1995, a truck bomb
destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah
Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people
and injuring hundreds. Timothy McVeigh was later
convicted of federal murder charges and sentenced
to death; Terry Nichols was sentenced to life in
prison for conspiracy and involuntary
manslaughter in connection with the bombing.
On this date:
In 1775, the American Revolutionary War began
with the battles of Lexington and Concord.
In 1898, Congress
passed a resolution recognizing Cuban
independence and demanding that Spain relinquish
its authority over Cuba.
In 1910, after
weeks of being viewed through telescopes,
Halley's Comet was reported visible to the naked
eye in Curacao.
In 1933, the
United States went off the gold standard.
In 1943, during
World War Two, tens of thousands of Jews living
in the Warsaw Ghetto began a valiant but futile
battle against Nazi forces.
In 1945, the
Rodgers and Hammerstein musical
"Carousel" opened on Broadway.
In 1951, General
Douglas MacArthur, relieved of his command by
President Truman, bid farewell to Congress,
quoting a line from a ballad: "Old soldiers
never die; they just fade away."
astronauts Sally K. Ride and Guion S. Bluford
Junior became the first woman and first
African-American to be tapped for US space
In 1989, 47
sailors were killed when a gun turret exploded
aboard the USS "Iowa."
In 1993, the
51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound near
Waco, Texas, ended as fire destroyed the
structure after federal agents began smashing
their way in; dozens of people, including David
Koresh, were killed.
Ten years ago:
Nicaragua's nine-year-old civil war appeared near
an end as Contra guerrillas, leftist Sandinistas
and the incoming government agreed to a truce and
a deadline for the rebels to disarm.
One year ago: The
German parliament inaugurated its new home in the
restored Reichstag in Berlin, its prewar capital.
The Supreme Court ruled that a federal law aimed
at limiting e-mail smut does not violate
free-speech rights. Joseph Chebet of Kenya won
the Boston Marathon, in two hours, nine minutes,
52 seconds; Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia won the
women's race in two hours, 23 minutes, 25
"The crisis you have
to worry about most is the one you don't see
Mike Mansfield, American statesman.