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 - Branch Davidian
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1993: The 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian building outside Waco, Texas, ends when a fire breaks out during an FBI assault on the compound. A total of 76 people died from the flames, smoke inhalation, building collapse or gunfire. Among those who died was sect leader David Koresh, who was shot and killed by his top aide, who then turned the gun on himself.


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