The Oklahoma City bombing occurred on April 19, 1995, when American
militia movement sympathizer Timothy McVeigh, with the assistance of
Terry Nichols, destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in
downtown Oklahoma City. It was the most significant act of terrorism on
American soil until the September 11 attacks in 2001, claiming the
lives of 168 victims and injuring more than 680. The blast destroyed or
damaged 324 buildings within a sixteen-block radius. The bomb was
estimated to have caused at least $652 million worth of damage. The
official investigation was the largest criminal investigation case in
American history; FBI agents conducted 28,000 interviews, collecting
nearly one billion pieces of information. McVeigh was executed by
lethal injection on June 11, 2001, and Nichols was sentenced to life in
prison. As a result of the bombing, the U.S. government passed
legislation designed to prevent future terrorist attacks by increasing
the protection around federal buildings. On April 19, 2000, the
Oklahoma City National Memorial was dedicated on the site of the Murrah
Federal Building, commemorating the victims of the bombing.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
After refusing to allow himself to be ransomed for his freedom by his
Viking captors, Alphege was beaten to death by a mob in present-day
London, the first Archbishop of Canterbury to die a violent death.
The American Revolutionary War began with the Battles of Lexington and
Concord in the British colony of Massachusetts.
Nazi German troops entered the Warsaw Ghetto to round up the remaining
Jews , sparking the first mass uprising in Poland against the Nazi
occupation during the Holocaust.
Actress Grace Kelly became Princess consort of Monaco upon marrying
Rainier III, Prince of Monaco.
A gun turret onboard the United States Navy battleship Iowa exploded,
killing 47 sailors.
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