Anyone else notice how many bad things have happened in this week in history?
Apr 12 1865: Ft. Sumter is fired upon, starting the US Civil War
Apr 12 1945: FDR dies
Apr 13 1970: Explosion on Apollo 13
Apr 14 1865: Lincoln assassinated (dies on Apr 15)
Apr 14 1912: Titanic hits an iceberg (sinks on Apr 15)
Apr 16 1947: Fertilizer explosion kills 581 in Texas City, TX
Apr 16 2007: Massacre at Virginia Tech
Apr 17 1961: Bay of Pigs invasion/fiasco
Apr 18 1906: San Francisco earthquake
Apr 19 1993: Branch Davidian compounds burns in Waco, TX
Apr 19 1995: Oklahoma City bombing
Apr 20 1999: Massacre at Columbine
…but there’s also birthdays!
Apr 8 - my niece
Apr 14 - my friend and my brother-in-law
Apr 17 - my husband
Apr 24 - me and my sister
Apr 25 - my mother-in-law
Ok, my list isn’t quite as long as yours so I guess I can’t cancel out all the bad stuff, but hey, at least I tried
Eh, take any seven day period and you can turn up enough catastrophe and misery on Wikipedia’s “On this Day” feature to make you weep for humanity.
April 20, 1889 - Hitler’s Birthday
April 28, 1979 - My Birthday
April 28, 1937 - Saddam Hussein’s Birthday
Now there’s one more…
At NASA in Clear Lake a man apparently troubled about the Virginia Tech killings, a William Phillips Jr, has taken two hostages. One apparently escaped and Bill Phillips has now killed the other and himself. Details unfolding.