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On this day: April 19

Published On: Apr 17 2013 02:37:03 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 19 2013 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 - Oklahoma City bombing
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1995: A truck bomb explodes at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Okla., killing 168 and injuring more than 680 people. Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols would eventually be convicted for their roles in the act of domestic terrorism. McVeigh, who parked the moving truck containing the homemade bomb in front of the building, was executed by lethal injection on June 11, 2001, while Nichols, who conspired with McVeigh in the bombing's planning and preparation, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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