The Columbine High School massacre occurred on Tuesday, April 20, 1999
at Columbine High School near Denver and Littleton, Colorado, in the
United States. Two teenage students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold,
carried out a shooting rampage, killing twelve fellow students and a
teacher before committing suicide. It is considered to be the worst
school shooting in U.S. history. As a result of the massacre,
questions arose regarding gun control and the availability of assault
weapons in the United States. Much discussion was prompted regarding
the role of violent movies and video games in American society. Soon,
other topics of focus surfaced including the nature of high school
cliques and bullying. Several of the victims who were believed to have
been killed due to their religious beliefs became a source of
inspiration to others, notably Christians, and led some to lament the
decline of religion in public education and society in general. The
shooting also resulted in an increased emphasis on school security,
and a moral panic aimed at goth culture, heavy metal music, and
violent video games.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Nerva (pictured) was appointed by the Senate to become Roman
Emperor, the first of the Five Good Emperors.
The United States Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act.
Daniel David Palmer made the first chiropractic adjustment.
The Mukden Incident: A section of the Japanese-built South Manchuria
Railway was allegedly destroyed by Chinese terrorists, providing an
excuse for the Japanese annexation of Manchuria.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a
non-profit organization that manages the assignment of domain names
and IP addresses in the Internet, was established.
Wikiquote of the day:
"Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought; our brightest
blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks." --