April 19th Marks The Date Of Two Devastating Anniversaries

By: Ariana Cohen Email
By: Ariana Cohen Email

April 19th marks the devastating anniversaries of the Oklahoma City bombing and Waco massacre.

The Oklahoma City bombing was a bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City on April 19th 1995. Video later shows the building being demolished in front of a crowd on May 23, 1995.

Since the September 11th 2001 attacks, the Oklahoma City bombing was the most destructive act of terrorism on American soil.

The Oklahoma blast claimed 168 lives, including 19 children and injured more than 680 people.

The blast destroyed 324 buildings and caused $652 million worth of damage.

An investigation began about 300 miles away in Junction City on Timothy McVeigh. Forensic evidence led to McVeigh and his accomplice, Terry Nichols to the attack. McVeigh had detonated an explosive filled trucks and Terry Nichols was his co-conspirator.

Reports say McVeigh was motivated by hatred of the federal government and he timed his attack to coincide with the second anniversary of the deaths at the Waco Massacre.

The Waco Massacre occurred also on April 19th in 1993.

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