April 19 – It’s Interesting Times Day!

warsaw ghetto
We’re not much for holidays here at the Secret Lair, but 4/19 is just about the only date I tend not to miss. Historically, things do seem to happen on this date:

1529 – At the Second Diet of Speyer, a group of rulers and independent cities protests the reinstatement of the Edict of Worms, beginning the Protestant movement.

1775 – The Battle of Lexington and Concord begins the American Revolutionary War.

1861 – Baltimore riot of 1861, a pro-Secession mob attacks United States Army troops marching through the city.

1933 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt announces the abandonment of the gold standard.

1943 – The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising begins.

1961 – End of the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. (Oops)

1993 – Eighty-one people are slaughtered by fire, gas and gunfire by forces of the Federal Government at the end of the siege of the Branch Davidian building outside Waco, Texas.

1995 – The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, is bombed, killing 168.

And lots of other interesting stuff. It’s rarely good stuff, though some do still believe the Lexington and Concord thing worked out well in the end.

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6 Responses to April 19 – It’s Interesting Times Day!

  1. Joel says:

    I confess nothing! Nothing!

  2. MJR says:

    Joel today in history certainly was a day for interesting events.

    There was this:


    Which in turn resulted in this:


    May your days be interesting… but only in a good way.

  3. fitz says:

    C’mon, tell us a story uncle Joel.

  4. Slinky says:

    Happy Birthday, Joel!

  5. capn says:

    What about the entrance (at a very young age) of the crusty curmudgeon from the Straits by the thumb of the mitten state? (eerie organ music)

    Aww Slinky you were supposed to let it slide by without comment so Uncle Joel can tell the “Boys” that He has “stopped having B’days so there la la la lala”.
    Then again …. maybe he did stop. (eerie organ music slowly mounts to a crescendo.)

    “Happy Birthday, Joel”
    Me too Joel only belated as is my modus operandi.

    stay safe

To the stake with the heretic!