STORY, April 19: Beginning of the American Revolutionary War – News – The Daily News

Today is Thursday, April 19, the 109th day of 2018. There are 256 days left in the year.

Today is Thursday, April 19, the 109th day of 2018. There are 256 days left in the year.

On April 19, 1993, the 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian complex near Waco, Texas ended when a fire destroyed the structure after federal agents began to force their way through it. around 80 people, including around 20 children and sect leader David Koresh, were killed.

In 1775, the American Revolutionary War began with the Battles of Lexington and Concord.

Box Type: In 1897, the first Boston Marathon was held.

In 1943, during World War II, tens of thousands of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto began a valiant but ultimately futile battle against Nazi forces.

In 1951, General Douglas MacArthur, relieved of his command in the Far East by President Harry S. Truman, bade farewell in an address to Congress in which he quoted a phrase from a ballad: “Old soldiers never die. ; they simply fade away.

In 1977, the Supreme Court, in Ingraham v. Wright, ruled 5-4 that even severe spanking of school children by faculty members did not violate the Eighth Amendment ban against cruel and unusual punishment.

In 1989, 47 sailors were killed when a turret exploded aboard the USS Iowa in the Caribbean. (The Navy initially suspected that a dead crew member had deliberately triggered the explosion, but later said there was no evidence.)

In 1995, a truck bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people. (Bomber Timothy McVeigh, who prosecutors said planned the attack in revenge for the siege of Waco two years earlier, was convicted of federal murder charges and executed in 2001.)

In 2005, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany was elected pope at the first conclave of the new millennium; he took the name of Benedict XVI.

Birthdays: Actress Elinor Donahue (Ellie Walker in “The Andy Griffith Show”) is 81 years old. Rock musician Alan Price (The Animals) is 76 years old. Actor Tim Curry is 72 years old. Pop singer Mark “Flo” Volman (The Turtles; Flo and Eddie) is 71 years old. Motorsport Hall of Fame member Al Unser Jr. is 56 years old. Actress Ashley Judd is 50 years old. Actress Kate Hudson is 39 years old. Tennis player Maria Sharapova is 31 years old.

Thought of today: “The charm, one could say the genius of memory, is that it is fine, hazardous and capricious: it rejects the edifying cathedral and indelibly photographs the little boy outside, chewing a piece of melon in the dust. – Elizabeth Bowen, author of Irish origin (1899-1973).

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