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 On Patriots’ Day, Boston Marathon is held for 1st time; 15 runners start but only 10 finnish; best time 2:55:10
- 1943 2000 SS troops assault Warsaw Ghetto to end Jewish resistance of forced deportations to death camps; by May 56,000 Jews dead
- 1971 Vietnam Veterans Against the War begin 5 days of demonstrations in Washington, D.C.
- 1971 Soviet Union launches Salyut 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
- UPDATE: 2013 Manhunt for second Boston Marathon Bombing suspect is cornered hiding in a boat. When captured, Miranda withheld for “public safety”.