Wednesday, April 20, 2011

April 19, 20 Oklahoma City bombing

Two terrible days in U.S. history: April 19 and 20.

Through a mix of coincidence and intent, since 1993, there’s been the Waco Branch Dividian tragedy, the Oklahoma City bombing and the deadly shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.

The Waco siege coincides with the battles of Lexington and Concord – the first shots fired in the American Revolution and the first battles in a war against oppressors. Federal prosecutors have said Timothy McVeigh planned the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building as revenge for the Waco standoff that killed more than 70 people exactly two years earlier.

As for tragedy without intent, this April 20 is the one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil rig explosion killed 11 workers and left a gushing well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico that spewed 4.9 million barrels of oil between April and July.

How have these events resonated with you? What’s been their impact as we look back on these major events? Why these dates? Oklahoma City bombing [Source]

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