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 - Douglas MacArthur
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U.S. National Archives

1951: Gen. Douglas MacArthur, relieved of his command of the United Nations forces defending South Korea by President Harry S. Truman, bids farewell to U.S. Congress, quoting a line from a ballad: "Old soldiers never die; they just fade away."


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