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Today in History
Monday, 19 April 2021
2005
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is elected Pope Benedict XVI on the second day of the Papal conclave.
1999
The German Bundestag returns to Berlin, the first German parliamentary body to meet there since the Reichstag was dissolved in 1945.
1997
The Red River Flood of 1997 overwhelms the city of Grand Forks, North Dakota. Fire breaks out and spreads in downtown Grand Forks, but high water levels hamper efforts to reach the fire, leading to the destruction of 11 buildings.
1995
Oklahoma City bombing: The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, is bombed, killing 168. That same day convicted murderer Richard Wayne Snell, who had ties to one of the bombers, Timothy McVeigh, is executed in Arkansas.
1993
South Dakota governor George Mickelson and seven others are killed when a state-owned aircraft crashes in Iowa.
The 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian building outside Waco, Texas, USA, ends when a fire breaks out. Eighty-one people die.
1989
A gun turret explodes on the {{USS|Iowa|BB-61|6}}, killing 47 sailors.
1987
The Simpsons premieres as a short cartoon on The Tracey Ullman Show
1985
FBI siege on the compound of The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord (CSAL) in Arkansas
U.S.S.R performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalatinsk. thumb
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