April 19, the Revolutionary War Begins – The Durango Herald

Today in History

Today is Tuesday, April 19, the 109th day of 2022. There are 256 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On April 19, 1775, the American Revolutionary War began with the battles of Lexington and Concord.

To this date :

In 1865, a funeral was held at the White House for President Abraham Lincoln, assassinated five days earlier; his casket was then taken to the United States Capitol for a private memorial service in the Rotunda.

In 1897, the first Boston Marathon was held; winner John J. McDermott ran the course in two hours, 55 minutes and 10 seconds.

In 1912, a special subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee opened hearings in New York into the Titanic disaster.

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

In 1989, 47 sailors were killed when a gun turret exploded aboard the USS Iowa in the Caribbean. (The Navy initially suspected that a dead crewman deliberately set off the explosion, but later said there was no evidence of this.)

In 1993, the 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian complex near Waco, Texas ended as a fire destroyed the structure after federal agents began to force their way inside; around 80 people, including two dozen children and cult leader David Koresh, were killed.

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

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

In 2013, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv), a 19-year-old student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings, was arrested after a manhunt that had virtually paralyzed the city; his older brother and alleged accomplice, Tamerlane (TAM’-ehr-luhn), 26, was killed earlier in a furious attempt to evade police.

In 2015, Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man, died a week after sustaining a spinal cord injury in the back of a Baltimore police van while handcuffed and shackled. (Six police officers were charged, three were acquitted, and the city attorney general eventually dropped the remaining three cases.)

In 2018, Raul Castro handed over the presidency of Cuba to Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez, the first non-Castro to serve as head of Cuba’s government since the 1959 revolution led by Fidel Castro and his younger brother Raul.

A decade ago, Republicans pushed through the House a $46 billion election-year tax cut for most U.S. employers, ignoring President Barack Obama’s threat of a veto. (The measure was defeated in the Senate.) India has announced the successful launch of a new nuclear-capable missile. Levon Helm, drummer and lead singer of The Band, has died in New York at the age of 71.

Five years ago: Fox News Channel’s parent company fired Bill O’Reilly following an investigation into allegations of harassment, bringing a stunning end to cable news’ most popular program. Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, 27, who was serving a life sentence for a murder in 2013, hanged himself in his cell at a Massachusetts maximum-security prison five days after being acquitted of murder charges in the 2012 Boston shooting deaths of two men.

A year ago: Former Vice President Walter Mondale, a liberal icon who served as a Democratic Senator from Minnesota and Vice President to Jimmy Carter before losing one of the most lopsided presidential elections in the country’s history facing Republican Ronald Reagan in 1984, died at the age of 93. The DC Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled that Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was injured during the Jan. 6 insurrection, suffered a stroke and died of natural causes. NASA’s experimental Mars helicopter named Ingenuity took to the skies on Mars, soaring 10 feet into the air above the dusty red surface to make the first airplane-powered flight on another planet.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Elinor Donahue turns 85. Rock musician Alan Price (The Animals) is 80 years old. Actor Tim Curry is 76 years old. Pop singer Mark “Flo” Volman (The Turtles; Flo and Eddie) is 75. Actor Tony Plana is 70 years old. Former tennis player Sue Barker is 66 years old. Motorsports Hall of Famer Al Unser Jr. is 60. Actor Tom Wood is 59 years old. Former recording executive Suge Knight is 57. Singer-songwriter Dar Williams is 55 years old. ) is 54 years old. Actor Ashley Judd is 54 years old. Singer Bekka Bramlett is 54 years old. Latin pop singer Luis Miguel is 52 years old. Actress Jennifer Esposito is 50 years old. Actress Jennifer Taylor is 50 years old. Jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux (PAY’-roo) is 48 years old. James Franco is 44 years old. Actor Kate Hudson is 43 years old. Actor Hayden Christensen is 41 years old. Actor Catalina Sandino Moreno is 41 years old. Actor-comedian Ali Wong is 40 years old. Actor Victoria Yeates is 39 years old. Actor Kelen Coleman is 38 years old. Actor Zack Conroy is 37 years old. Roots rock musician Steve Johnson (Alabama Shakes) is 37 years old. Actor Courtland Mead is 35 years old. Retired tennis player Maria Sharapova is 35 years old. NHL forward Patrik Laine is 34 years old.

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