Today in history: April 19In 1775, the American...

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April 19, 1996|By Assoicated Press

Today in history: April 19

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

In 1910, after weeks of being viewed through telescopes, Halley's Comet was reported visible to the naked eye in Curacao.

In 1933, the United States went off the gold standard.

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

In 1951, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, relieved of his command by President Truman, bade farewell to Congress, quoting a ballad: "Old soldiers never die; they just fade away."

In 1982, astronauts Sally K. Ride and Guion S. Bluford Jr. became the first woman and first African-American to be tapped for U.S. space missions.

In 1993, the 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, ended as fire destroyed the structure after federal agents began smashing their way in; dozens of people, including leader David Koresh, were killed.

In 1995, a truck bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, and injuring 500. Two suspects, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, face trial.

Pub Date: 4/19/96

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