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Today in History - April 19

Today is Saturday, April 19, the 109th day of 2003. There are 256 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On April 19, 1775, the American Revolutionary War began with the battles of Lexington and Concord.

On this date:

In 1782, the Netherlands recognized American independence.

In 1893, the Oscar Wilde play ``A Woman of No Importance'' opened at the Haymarket Theatre in London.

In 1933, the United States went off the gold standard.

In 1943, during World War II, tens of thousands of Jews living in the Warsaw Ghetto began a valiant but futile battle against Nazi forces.

In 1945, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical ``Carousel'' opened on Broadway.

In 1951, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, relieved of his Far East command by President Truman, bid farewell to Congress, quoting a line from a ballad: ``Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.''

In 1982, astronauts Sally K. Ride and Guion S. Bluford Jr. became the first woman and first African-American to be tapped for U.S. space missions.

In 1989, 47 sailors were killed when a gun turret exploded aboard the USS Iowa.

In 1995, a truck bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring hundreds. Timothy McVeigh was later convicted of federal murder charges and executed.

In 1999, the German parliament inaugurated its new home in the restored Reichstag in Berlin, its prewar capital.

Ten years ago: The 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, ended as fire destroyed the structure after federal agents began smashing their way in; dozens of people, including David Koresh, were killed. South Dakota Gov. George S. Mickelson died in an Iowa plane crash; he was 52.

Five years ago: Wang Dan, a leader of the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests, arrived in the United States after being freed by China. Mexican poet-philosopher Octavio Paz died at age 84.

One year ago: The U.N. Security Council gave unanimous support to sending a U.N. fact-finding team to the Jenin refugee camp to determine what happened during Israel's military assault. The space shuttle Atlantis returned to Earth after installing the first girder in what eventually will be a giant framework at the international space station.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Hugh O'Brian is 78. Actress Elinor Donahue is 66. Actor Tim Curry is 57. Pop singer Mark ``Flo'' Volman (The Turtles; Flo and Eddie) is 56. Tennis player Sue Barker is 47. Recording executive Suge Knight is 38. Actress Ashley Judd is 35. Pop singer Bekka Bramlett is 35. Actor James Franco (``James Dean'') is 25. Actress Kate Hudson is 24. Actor Hayden Christensen is 22. Actor Courtland Mead is 16.

Thought for Today: ``Never one thing and seldom one person can make for a success. It takes a number of them merging into one perfect whole.'' - Marie Dressler, Canadian actress (1869-1934)
 

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