Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Today in History: Tuesday, April 19, 2016

AP Highlight in History:
On April 19, 1995, a truck bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring 500. (Timothy McVeigh was later convicted of federal murder charges and executed.)

On this date in:
1775The American Revolutionary War began with the battles of Lexington and Concord.
1897The first Boston Marathon was run.
1933The United States went off the gold standard.
1943Tens of thousands of Jews living in the Warsaw Ghetto began an uprising against Nazi forces.
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1951Gen. Douglas MacArthur, relieved of his command by President Harry S. Truman, bid farewell to Congress, quoting a line from a ballad: "Old soldiers never die; they just fade away."
Audio LinkGen. Douglas MacArthur
1961The Federal Communications Commission authorized regular FM stereo broadcasting starting on June 1, 1961.
1993A 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, ended when fire destroyed the structure after federal agents smashed their way in. Dozens of people, including sect leader David Koresh, were killed.
Audio LinkFBI agent Bob Ricks says the fire appeared to be a mass suicide.

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AP Photo/Susan Weems
1994A Los Angeles jury awarded $3.8 million to beaten motorist Rodney King.
2001The Mel Brooks musical "The Producers" opened on Broadway.
2005Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany was elected pope and took the name Benedict XVI.
2011Cuba's Communist Party picked 79-year-old Raul Castro to replace his ailing brother Fidel as first secretary during a key Party Congress.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Tennis player Maria Sharapova turns 29 years old today.
AP Photo/Evan Agostini
Elinor DonahueActress ("Father Knows Best")79
Alan PriceRock musician (The Animals)74
Tim CurryActor70
Mark "Flo" VolmanSinger (The Turtles, Flo and Eddie)69
Tony PlanaActor ("Ugly Betty")64
Suge KnightRecord company executive (Tha Row)51
James FrancoActor ("Milk," "Spider-Man")38
Kate HudsonActress37
Hayden ChristensenActor35
Catalina Sandino MorenoActress35
Troy PolamaluFootball player35
Actress Ashley Judd turns 48 years old today.
AP Photo/Dan Steinberg
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