April 19th...

Friday, April 19, 2013

April 19th...

...a date I take note of on an annual basis as it is an an­ni­versary of some notable events, all, with one exception, within my lifetime.

  • 1775: The "shot heard 'round the world" is fired at Lexington Common, and so begins the American Revolution.

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  • 1943: An uprising led by a group of courageous Jews in the Warsaw ghetto is finally put down by an SS force led by Lieutenant General Jürgen Stroop who razes the enclave to the ground, build­ing by building. Nearly 7,000 Jews die.
  • 1993: The FBI's Hostage Rescue Team, there on a lie by rogue BATF agent Davy Aguilera, ends a 51-day seige at the Branch Davidian enclave near Waco, Texas, incinerating 76 men, women and children, all members of a religious sect.
  • 1995: As reprisal for the Branch Davidian murders, Timothy McVeigh detonates a truck bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 and injuring more than 800.

The most vivid memory for me was watching the Texas conflagration, live on CNN, for over three hours. It was one of two times in my life that I cried before a TV set.

TV image of the conflagration at the Branch Davidian compound.

Attorney General Janet Reno stood defiantly and took full responsibility for the Government's actions.

McVeigh was executed for his heinous act in 2001... 20 years later there's yet to be justice for the 76 dead at Mount Carmel.


1. Malcolm Robertson said...

I'm sure it's just a typo, but the Battles of Lexington and Concord happened in 1775, not 1776.

Anyways, I enjoy the blog as it makes me nostalgic for the days of the former AmBack forum. The place lacks the edge you used to give it.

Typo corrected, thank you.

And thank you as well for the kind compliment.

2. Coach K said...

...the SS insignia is a bit much, no?

If I had thought so, I wouldn't have used it.

3. Hampton West said...

Shot heard around the world? You must mean 1951, not 1775.

Old, HW...v-e-r-y old!

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