Here’s a rundown of some memorable events to occur on April 19th over the years…
247 years ago – In 1775, the Revolutionary War began with the battles of Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts.
125 years ago – In 1897, the very first Boston Marathon was run. It’s the oldest marathon in America.
40 years ago – In 1982, NASA chose Sally Ride as the First Woman Astronaut . . . and also named Guion Bluford Jr. as the First Black Astronaut for U.S. space missions. His first space shuttle mission was a year later, in August 1983.
35 years ago – In 1987, “The Simpsons” premiered as a cartoon short between skits on the second episode of Fox’s now-defunct “Tracey Ullman Show”. “The Simpsons” is now the longest-running scripted TV series in U.S. history.
29 years ago – In 1993, David Koresh, and possibly 86 of his followers, including 17 children, died in a raging fire at the Branch Davidian headquarters in Waco, Texas, after the FBI tried to drive them out with tear gas. The FBI called the deaths “a mass suicide”.
28 years ago – In 1994, Nas released his debut album “Illmatic”.
27 years ago – In 1995, a truck bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring hundreds more. Timothy McVeigh was later convicted of federal murder charges and sentenced to death. He was finally executed on June 11th, 2001. Terry Nichols got life in prison for conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter in connection with the bombing.
25 years ago – In 1997, Andre Agassi destroyed his tennis career by marrying Brooke Shields. She had their marriage “annulled” in 1999, allowing her the option of remarrying in the Catholic Church, which a “divorce” would not allow.
10 years ago – In 2012, Levon Helm of The Band died at 71 after a battle with throat cancer. He was in “Coal Miner’s Daughter“ and sang “Blue Moon of Kentucky” for the soundtrack. He also narrated the end of “The Right Stuff“.
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