On this day: April 19

Published On: Apr 17 2013 02:37:03 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 19 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

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 - The Simpsons
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1987: "The Simpsons" premieres as a short cartoon on "The Tracey Ullman Show." After a three-season run, the animated sketch became its own half-hour show in 1989 and has since claimed the titles for longest-running American sitcom, animated program and scripted primetime television series.

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