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Third week in April- History

April 19, 2013

Lincoln Assassination April 15, 1865
President Abraham Lincoln died. Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre in D.C. on April 14 and died from a severe head wound the following day. (Wikipedia)

RMS sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912
Collided with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK to New York City, US. The sinking of Titanic caused the deaths of 1,502 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in modern history. The RMS Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time of her maiden voyage. (wikipedia)
 Side note, my great grandfather was the 2nd officer of another White Star Line ships, the sister ship to the Titanic the “Oceanic” and Chief Officer of the hospital ship SS Britannic when she was sunk in the Mediterranean during the First World War.

Virginia Tech massacre – April 16, 2007
Tuesday marks the six-year anniversary of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. The shooting on the university’s campus in Blacksburg, VA, claimed the lives of 32 people, and 17 others were wounded.
The shooter, Seung-Hui Cho, was a Virginia Tech senior who used two guns in two separate attacks before committing suicide. (WAFB)

Suicide Bomber attacks the embassy April 19, 1983
Suicide bomber destroyed U.S. Embassy in Lebanon. A suicide bomber carried out an attack in Beirut with a car-bomb that left 63 people dead, including 17 Americans.

Waco siege ends –April 19, 1993
The images of fiery buildings and the ensuing deaths of people inside the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, TX, were seared into people’s memory 20 years ago this week.
Followers of David Koresh exchanged gunfire with federal agents during a surprise raid on Feb. 28. Six weeks later, 82 people inside the compound – including children – were killed from either the shootout or as a result of the fire. Four agents also died. (WAFB)

Oklahoma City bombing – April 19, 1995
The bombing at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building killed 168 people, including children at a daycare, and became the deadliest domestic terrorist attack in the nation’s history.
Army veteran Timothy McVeigh planted a bomb in a truck as retaliation for the way the government handled the Waco raid two years earlier.
Fifteen years later, people still gather annually and read aloud the names of the victims. (WAFB)

Columbine High School – April 20, 1999
Although deadly school violence was not an uncommon occurrence before, the mass shooting in this suburban community brought it into the public consciousness.
Fifteen people died from gunfire – including students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who committed suicide – and 21 more were inured.
Police teams also found numerous explosive devices throughout the school. The journals of the teenage shooters revealed that they intended to commit a crime more infamous than the Oklahoma City bombing.

Texas City fertilizer explosion 1947- April 16, 1947
America’s worst industrial accident.

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