Lost and Found – April 19th Edition

What to remember about April 19th…

  • 1721 Patriot Roger Sherman is born (d. 1793); only person to sign all four great state papers of the U.S.: Continental Association, Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and Constitution
  • 1775  American Revolution begins when British troops engage armed minutemen at Lexington, Massachusetts; “shot heard around the world”
  • 1861  Confederate sympathizers in Baltimore hurl rocks and trash at Union troops moving to reinforce Washington, D.C.; 16 killed in clashes
  • 1897  Boston Marathon is held for 1st time; 15 runners started but only 10 finnish;  best time 22:55:10
  • 1943  2000 SS troops assault Warsaw Ghetto to end Jewish resistance of forced deportations to death camps; by May 56,000 Jew are dead
  • 1971  Vietnam Veterans Against the War begin 5 days of demonstrations in Washington, D.C.
  • 1971  Soviet Union launchesSalyut 1, worlds 1st space station
  • 1989  Jogger is beaten and raped in New York’s Central Park; 5 black youths falsely charged and imprisoned; convicted murderer confesses in 2002
  • 1993  51-day standoff with Branch Davidian cult near Waco, Texas ends in fire and 80 deaths when federal agents attack with tear gas
  • 1995  Massive truck bomb set off outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma by Timothy McVeigh; 168 killed
  • 2011  Cuban dictator Fidel Castro resigns as head of Communist Party central committee; his brother Raul selected as successor

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