April Misfortune

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  1. Njaco

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    The recent tragedy at Virginia Tech had me thinking about what other things that have happened in April and I came up with a list. It seems to me that alot of major disasters happen in the month of April. I know that events happen all about the year but it occurred to me that a few history changing events happen in this month. Anyway here's my list, what do you think?

    As T.S. Elliot said, "April is the Cruelest month!"

    APRIL 1 - April Fool's Day. What a way to start the month!

    APRIL 2 -
    1982: The British Falkland Islands are invaded by Argentina.

    APRIL 3 -
    1919: President Woodrow Wilson falls ill.

    APRIL 4 -
    1933: The United State Army dirigible, "AKRON", explodes and crashes.
    1968: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is assasinated.

    APRIL 6 -
    1917: The US declares war on Germany and enters WWI.
    1994: The massive massacre in Rwanda begins.

    APRIL 7 -
    1969: The Smothers Brothers Variety show is cancelled by CBS.

    APRIL 8 -
    1994: Kurt Cobain, lead singer of "Nirvana" commits suicide.

    APRIL 9 -
    1940: Germany invades Norway.
    1942: US forces in Bataan surrender, beginning the "Bataan Death March".

    APRIL 10 -
    1963: US atomic sub "threasher" sinks, killing 129 sailors.
    1970: The Beatles announced their break-up.

    APRIL 11 -
    1951: Douglas McArthur is relieved of Command of forces in Korea.

    APRIL 12 -
    1961: Fort Sumter is attacked, starting the Civil War.
    1945: Franklin D. Roosevelt dies.

    APRIL 13 -
    1970: An explosion onboard Apollo 13 cancels the moon mission.

    APRIL 14 -
    1865: Abraham Lincoln is assassinated.

    APRIL 15 - (Tax Day :( )
    1912: HMS "Titanic" hits an iceberg and sinks.
    1927: Heavy rains flood the Mississippi, killing over 1,000 people.
    1997: A stampede at Mecca kills thousands of Muslims.

    APRIL 16 -
    1945: The German refugee ship "Goya" sinks killing 6,500 people.
    1947: A ship explosion in Texas City,Texas kills 600 workers.
    1975: Cambodia surrenders to the Khymer Rouge.
    2007: 32 people are killed by a gunman at Virginia Tech.

    APRIL 17 -
    1993: Not Guilty verdicts in Rodney King trial causes riots in LA.

    APRIL 18 -
    1906: San Francisco suffers earthquake, killing 3,000 people.

    APRIL 19 -
    1993: Seige in Waco, Texas ends in fire of the buildings.
    1995: The Federal Building in Oklahoma City is bombed.

    APRIL 20 -
    1889: Adolf Hitler is born.
    1999: 2 gunmen massacre students at Columbine High School, CO.

    APRIL 21 -
    1910: Samuel Clemens, "Mark Twain", dies.
    1918: The Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen, is shot down.

    APRIL 24 -
    1814: Washington, DC is catured by the British and burned.

    APRIL 25 -
    1898: The US declares war on Spain.
    1980: Rescue of hostages in Iran ends in disaster at 'Desert One'.

    APRIL 26 -
    1936: Spanish town of Guernica is first town to be bombed from the air.
    1986: Chernobyl nuclear plant explodes in Russia.

    APRIL 27 -
    1865: 1,547 people die in a ship disaster on the Mississippi.

    APRIL 28 -
    1789: Fletcher Christian incites the 'Mutiny on the Bounty'.

    APRIL 30 -
    1975: The US embassy in Saigon is evacuated.
     
  2. ccheese

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    Chris: You are in error on you 17 April entry. The four police officers who
    beat Rodney King were found NOT guilty, which sparked the riots.

    However...... "to err is human, to forgive, divine......."

    Charles
     
  3. Njaco

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    You're right! How could I forget that!!!:oops: Changing now...
     
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    I reckon you could make a list like that for every single month of the year...
     
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    Hey, I was born in April :confused: :)
     
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    The RAF was formed on April the 1st...
     
  7. Njaco

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    Clave, I'm sure you could but I was just chronicling some heavy events for April. The US declared several wars, you got Chernobyl and Columbine and Oklahoma city and on and on. There are significant events throughout the year, I was just curious how many occur in April.

    And creation of the RAF was a good thing, was it not? Not a misfortune.:D
     
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    Depends on which side you are :lol:
     
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    True :lol:

    And it's a good list - not cheery, but interesting... 8)
     
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    Certainly is very interesting.
     
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