Posted: 4/19/2001 6:57:18 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/19/2001 6:58:42 PM EDT by DR]
Since nobody else brought it up...
Today in history was the start of the Revolutionary War. Some will argue that it began in Concord, MA or in Lexington, MA. But the point is that it started on this date. The British were going to confiscate a stockpile of weapons in a farm house.
Imagine what would happen today. The way things are going, MOST people would let the gov't take the guns in return for more social (in)security or free prescription drugs. The hell with the guns, after all, is it all that bad to be
Personally, I was not aware of this day until I heard it on the radio (WSB am 750, Atlanta). But I got to tell you, those folks years ago had a lot more guts than most people have today.
Just something to smoke on. Thank God for those patriots. I hope thier efforts were not made for nothing.
In reverent memorial to those who have died on April 19, and as a precaution against new acts of violence from the Conspiracy, please pray for peace on this date that draws near:
April 19, 2001
Patriots Day, April 19, 1775 - Massachusetts, when an unordered 'shot heard around the world' began the American Revolution. This is now commemorated as a victory for the forces of liberty, as it did turn out to be the beginning of a revolution; which gave us a republic. It could have gone in many other directions. It is impossible to know the thoughts; which actually brought about this revolutionary action.
APRIL 19 1871 --Declaration of the Commune of Paris: "La révolution communale commencée par l'initiative populaire du 18 mars, inaugure une ère nouvelle de politique expérimentale, positive, scientifique. C'est la fin du vieux monde gouvernemental et clérical, du militarisme, du fonctionnarisme, de l'exploitation, de l'agiotage, des monopoles, des privilèges, auxquels le prolétariat doit son servage, la patrie ses malheurs et ses désastres.(...) Nous, citoyens de Paris, nous avons la mission d'accomplir la révolution moderne, la plus large et la plus féconde de toutes celles qui ont illuminé l'histoire. Nous avons le devoir de lutter et de vaincre!"
" the communal revolution started with the popular initiative of March 18, inaugurates one new era of experimental, positive, scientific policy. It is the end of the old governmental and clerical world, militarism, officialism, the exploitation, agitation, the monopolies, of the privileges, to which the proletariat owes its serfdom, the fatherland its misfortunes and its disasters. We, citizens of Paris, we have the mission of achieving the modern revolution, broadest and most fertile of all those which illuminated the history. We have the duty to fight and overcome! "
---excerpt, "Déclaration de la commune de Paris au peuple français", du 19 avril 1871.
APRIL 19 1919 -- Mutiny of the Sailors in the Black Sea (19 to 21 April). Several French warships around Sébastopol (brought in to aid in stopping the advances of the Red Army) are subject to mutiny. Begins with the sailors on the battleship "France," & spreads. A delegation, made up partly of anarchist sailors, demands suspension of the war against Russia, the return of the ships to France, & no disciplining for their actions. In Sébastopol, French officers massacre participants in a demonstration to prevent them from fraternizing with the mutineers. Despite the promises of the officers, the mutineers (such as Alphonse Sauveur Cannone; see 15 February) are treacherously arrested & receive from 10 to 20 years of prison.
APRIL 19 1933 -- President Franklin D. Roosevelt takes the US off the gold standard.
APRIL 19 1943 A contingent of 2,000 heavily armed Schutzstaffel troops with tanks enter the Warsaw Poland: Ghetto . While the civilian population hides in underground bunkers, the ghetto fighters attack the Germans with incendiary bottles & a few guns. Shocked by the Jewish resistance, the SS is forced to withdraw. Unable to put down the revolt with conventional weapons, the Germans resort to setting the ghetto on fire.
APRIL 19 1948 -- Costa Rica abolishes its army.
APRIL 19 1952 -- England: 35 Operation Gandhi supporters picket Aldermaston AWRE, a spy base.
April 19,1960 Namibia Founding of Swapo
April 19,1960 After that, the Korean peninsula was divided at the 38th parallel. In the north, "Kim Il-
Initially, the CIA blamed the lack of air cover for the invasion's failure, but the CIA inspector general's report blamed the CIA itself its arrogance, poor planning and "almost willful bungling."
APRIL 19 1971 -- US: Several hundred Vietnam Veterans Against the War begin an encampment on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. Launch "Operation Dewey Canyon III (April 19-23).
APRIL 19 1971 Sierra Leone Proclamation of the Republic
APRIL 19 1978 -- California Governor Jerry Brown refuses a request to extradite American Indian Movement (AIM) leader Dennis Banks to South Dakota to stand trial.
APRIL 19 1980 Colombia Founding of M-19 The "April 19 Movement (M-19)," a leftist guerrilla group.
APRIL 19 1989 -- Forty seven U.S. sailors were killed by an explosion in a gun turret on the USS Iowa during gunnery exercises in the waters off Puerto Rico..Turret explosion is initially blamed on alleged suicide pact between gay sailors, as conjectured by Naval Investigative Service & as leaked to NBC News.
April 19, 1992 Protestors rally in the annual Easter Protest at the site of nuclear weapons testing, and nearly 500 are arrested.
April 19, 1992 first attempted raid on the Weaver Family
April 19, 1993 - Federal agents attack Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, shooting or incinerating over 80 women, men, & children.
Branch Davidian compound burned to the ground with 86 persons inside, including 17 children.
April 19th 1994 -- Henry Kissenger, World Affairs Council Press Conference, Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel , April 19th 1994 "[The New World Order] cannot happen without U.S. participation, as we are the most significant single component. Yes, there will be a New World Order, and it will force the United States to change it's perceptions."
April 19, 1995 -Oklahoma City At 9:02 a.m.: A massive car-bomb explosion was used as a detonator of; or a diversion of attention away from, other INTERNAL EXPLOSIONS. Demolition charges on the critical failed support columns destroyed the entire side of a nine story federal building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 persons, including 19 children inside a day care center. A decorated Gulf War veteran was later convicted for the attack.
Bombing of Federal Building in Oklahoma City sets off hunt for "Arab terrorists" & Muslims. Results in new laws suspending due process for non-US citizens.
19 April 1996 Marine Corp issues treatise against "right wing" extremism
Title: Rise of Domestic Terrorism and Its Relation to United States Armed Forces
Author: LCDR Steven Mack Presley, MSC, USN
April 19, 1998 British Family Kidnapped - A British Council teacher, his wife and their 14-year-old son have been kidnapped by tribesmen while driving to the capital from southern Yemen, the embassy said Sunday. David Mitchell, 48, his wife Caroline and son Ben were seized around midday Thursday on the road from the southern port city of Aden to the capital, said David Pearce, the deputy head of mission. The kidnapping took place outside the town of Dhamar, 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Sanaa. (AFP)
Columbine was on April 20
They kidnapped Elian Gonzalez April 22, 2000
It is time to update a famous quote from Rev. Martin Niemoller
Freedom of religion
Freedom of speech
Freedom of assembly
The right to keep and bear arms.