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April 19, 2015

April 19

Filed under: Terrorist Threats & Attacks — by Philip J. Palin on April 19, 2015

On this day in 1775 irregular militia and spontaneous volunteers, eventually numbering almost 4000, confronted British infantry at the Massachusetts towns of Concord and Lexington.  After several engagements British troops retreated into Boston which then remained under siege into the summer.  Insurgent forces lost nearly fifty dead.  At least 73 British troops were killed.

On this day in 1995, Timothy McVeigh parked a rental truck packed with self-made explosives in a drop off zone just beside — and slightly beneath — the structural curtain of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.  The date was chosen by McVeigh to coincide with the battles of Lexington and Concord (and the 1993 Waco siege that ended on April 19 with the death of 76). One-hundred sixty-eight were killed by the Oklahoma City blast.  More than six hundred were injured.

The annual Boston Marathon is part of a wider celebration of Patriots’ Day which celebrates the battles of Lexington and Concord. Since 1969 Patriots’ Day has been observed on the third Monday in April.  In 2013 three were killed in two bombings near the marathon’s finish line.  Over 260 were injured.

An excerpt from Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson:

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.

The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.

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Comment by Claire Rubin

April 19, 2015 @ 7:52 am

People in the Boston area call it Paul Revere Day.

Here is a site with the story:

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 19, 2015 @ 9:17 am

Modern historians seem to have reached agreement that less than 20% of the population of the American populace wanted to sever rule by Kings on July 4th, 1776.

What are the revolutions since the Declaration of Independence [perhaps the signing of the Constitution a better starting point?] anywhere in the world openly supported by a majority of the residents and citizens of the USA?

I have predicted elsewhere that by the year 2201 the USA will consist of either 20 states or 70 states.

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 19, 2015 @ 9:19 am

CORRECTION: “20% of the population of the American colonies”!

Comment by Vicki Campbell

April 19, 2015 @ 5:44 pm

Good points, and correction, both, Mr. Cummings. And perhaps the 20% mark also had something to do with the fact that the revolution, declaration and ultimately constitution was really primarily about property and commerce, not rights more generally – and apparently only related to about 20% of the population at the time as a result.

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 20, 2015 @ 7:28 am

Thanks Vicki! Bill of Rights was necessary addition IMO!

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