On this day: April 19

POSTED: 12:37 PM PDT Apr 17, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Apr 18, 2016 

The American Revolutionary War breaks out, the Soviet Union launches the first space station, the Waco siege ends in a deadly blaze, and homegrown terrorists strike Oklahoma City, all on this day.

OTD April 19 - Benjamin Disraeli
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1881: English politician Benjamin Disraeli, a Conservative statesman for four decades and two-time former prime minister of the United Kingdom, dies at the age of 76 in London, England. Disraeli, Britain's only prime minister of Jewish birth, invented the political novel, of which "Sybil" and "Vivian Grey" are best known today.


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