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April 19, 2005

April the Nineteenth

This day in history:

April 19, 1775

Being warned of the arrival of British troops, the minute men gathered early in the morning in preparation for the arrival of British troops. Seventy-seven minutemen led by Captain John Parker waited at Lexington Green. Under the command of Brigadier General Hugh Percy, the redcoats exited their ship gloatingly playing and singing “Yankee Doodle” a song they chose to humiliate and belittle the colonists.

Captain Parker had left orders not to fire unless fired upon, but as the two groups met there came that shot heard around the world.

At the North Bridge in Concord, the British met another 300 to 400 armed colonists and were forced back to Boston under fire. With a successful day behind them, the Americans returned the Brits' taunt and filled the air with their own voices singing “Yankee Doodle”, adopting the songs as their own rallying cry.

The American War of Independence had begun.

April 19, 1939

Needing only 8 of the original 13 states to ratify the Bill of Rights, 10 had approved it by 1791 allowing the Constitution to become official. The remainder didn't bother until, in a more or less symbolic gesture, since it was already in force, 1939 — 148 years later. Connecticut was the last, ratifying it on this day in 1939. Not that the US Government actually follows it any more, but what's substance when you have symbolism, right.

April 19, 1993

Apparently forgetting to get FBI and ATF approval for their religion, the Branch Davidian, following a 51-day siege of the compound near Waco, Texas, were executed as federal agents stormed the compound, shooting some, and burning several dozen innocent men, women and children to death. Also dead were several ATF agents recently reassigned to the agency after serving as security for President Bill Clinton.

April 19, 1994

Rodney King, who was apprehended driving drunk after racing at 80 some odd miles an hour through residential neighborhoods and was forcibly subdued by police after he had attacked them, was awarded $3.8 million by a Los Angeles jury. Police were still expected to “protect and serve” the same morons who rewarded King for his irresponsible and illegal behavior.

April 19, 1995

The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was destroyed by an explosion, killing 168 people, and injuring 500. In spite of a multitude of evidence that raised serious questions about the government's explanation of what happened, Timothy McVeigh was arrested, unconstitutionally* tried and quickly executed before answers could be found.

Also, I wanted to add. I searched and searched for an online copy of that oft shown bit of video of Timothy McVeigh being escorted out of some building. As he walks past there's a man, looks like maybe a federal agent, standing there who is the spitting image of John Doe #2. I've seen the video at least a dozen times (and my wife is tired of me pointing out the guy).  Is it just me or has anyone else noticed the guy, too. He's appeared in several short video shots of McVeigh being escorted or guarded somewhere. Any idea who he is?

Coverage: Michelle Malkin, Florida Cracker

*Article III, Section 2 of the US Constitution says, “The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment, shall be by Jury; and such Trial shall be held in the State where the said Crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any State, the Trial shall be at such Place or Places as the Congress may by Law have directed.” [emphasis added] The Murrah Building was in Oklahoma. Timothy McVeigh was tried in Indiana.

Posted by Danny Carlton at April 19, 2005 10:22 AM

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Always enjoy these days in history posts of yours. So it is the anniversary of the OK bombing huh? Great post!

Posted by: Jay at April 19, 2005 10:32 AM

McVeigh deserved to die, as do all terrorist/commie scum who try to defy the government (i.e. Branch Davidians). Hopefully April 19th will become a day to celebrate the destruction of these anarchistic anti-christs.

Posted by: Stan von Kotin at April 19, 2005 02:25 PM

I didn't say he didn't deserve to die. I find it interesting that so many scream about the rule of law when it comes to killing an innocent, incapacitated woman in Florida, yet have no problem at all tossing even the very words of the Constitution when it comes to executing Timothy McVeigh. It's not about what he deserved, it's about what we all deserve -- to be tried according to the law when accused of a crime.

Posted by: Danny Carlton at April 19, 2005 02:53 PM

I just noticed that you'd included the Branch Davidians in your sweeping "deserved to die" comment. You really think the children at the Branch Davidian compound deserved to die? You're really sick, you know.

Besides, neither McVeigh nor the Davidians had anything to do with Communism. So you really need to go find a clue book.

Posted by: Danny Carlton at April 19, 2005 03:18 PM

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