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On this day in history, April 19

The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma was destroyed on April 19, 1995 when a moving truck full of explosives detonated while parked outside of the building. 168 people, including 19 children, died. (U.S. Department of Defense)
The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma was destroyed on April 19, 1995 when a moving truck full of explosives detonated while parked outside of the building. 168 people, including 19 children, died. (U.S. Department of Defense)
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Updated: 4/19/2013 11:56 am
65 – The freedman Milichus betrayed Piso’s plot to kill the Emperor Nero and all the conspirators were arrested.

1539 – Charles V and Protestants signs Treaty of Frankfurt.

1770 – Captain James Cook sights the eastern coast of what is now Australia.

1775 – American Revolutionary War: The war begins with an American victory in Concord during the battles of Lexington and Concord.

1782 – John Adams secures the Dutch Republic's recognition of the United States as an independent government. The house which he had purchased in The HagueNetherlands becomes the first American embassy.

1839 – The Treaty of London establishes Belgium as a kingdom.

1892 – Charles Duryea claims to have driven the first automobile in the United States, in Springfield, Massachusetts.

1919 – Leslie Irvin of the United States makes the first successful voluntary free-fall parachute jump using a new kind of self-contained parachute.

1927 – Mae West is sentenced to 10 days in jail for obscenity for her play Sex.

1943 – World War II: In Poland, German troops enter the Warsaw ghetto to round up the remaining Jews, beginning the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

1948 – Burma joins the United Nations.

1951 – General Douglas MacArthur retires from the military.

1956 – Actress Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier of Monaco.

1971 – Launch of Salyut 1, the first space station.

1971 – Charles Manson is sentenced to death for conspiracy to commit the Tate/LaBianca murders.

1985 – U.S.S.R performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalatinsk.

1987 – The Simpsons premieres as a short cartoon on The Tracey Ullman Show.

1993 – The 51 day siege of the Branch Davidian building outside Waco, TexasUSA, ends when a fire breaks out. Eighty-one people die.

1995 – Oklahoma City bombing: The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma CityOklahomaUSA, is bombed, killing 168. That same day convicted murderer Richard Wayne Snell, who had ties to one of the bombers, Timothy McVeigh, is executed in Arkansas.

2005 – Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is elected the 265th Pope of the Catholic Church following the death of Pope John Paul II. The new Pope takes on the regnal name Benedict XVI.
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