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 - Boston Marathon
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Boston Athletic Association

1897: The first annual Boston Marathon takes place. Inspired by the success of the first modern-day marathon competition in the 1896 Summer Olympics, the marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon. American John J. McDermott won the first marathon, which included only 15 runners, all of whom were men, and was known as the B.A.A. Road Race.


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