On this day in history, April 20, 1999, the following significant events occurred: Two adolescents (Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold) wearing balaclavas storm Columbine High School in Denver, Colorado, shooting automatic firearms and tossing homemade explosives, killing 13 and injuring 24 others before committing suicide. The attack became one of the deadliest shootings in U.S. history.
These are the facts about the Columbine Massacre: On this day in 2004, a mass murder took place at the University of Texas at Austin. Karl Hohnstein and Craig McDermott, both age 22, killed several people and injured several more before taking their own lives. This incident has been classified as a hate crime since it was discovered that both men had posted anti-Jewish messages on web sites they used online.
In 2005, a mass murder occurred at Fort Hood in Fort Hood, Texas. Major Nidal Malik Hasan shot and killed 13 people and injured 32 others before he was arrested by police officers. It was later reported that the massacre may have been motivated by terrorism. A federal prosecutor said that evidence indicated that the shooting was "a terrorist act".
Hasan's trial began on January 7, 2009. He is charged with 134 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder. If convicted, he could be sentenced to death or life in prison without parole. The trial is expected to last six months.
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On this day in history, January 8th, significant events occurred.
The following are some of the most significant historical events that occurred on March 22nd, 1990. 347 people are slain in the first American Indian (Powhatan) massacre of Europeans in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1622. The Stamp Act of 1765 was the first direct British tax on American colonies, and it was established by Prime Minister George Grenville. The act was designed to raise money for the British government by requiring all newspapers and pamphlets to carry an official stamp. It was passed by Parliament and went into effect on November 1st, 1765.
The Sugar Act of 1764 had previously been enacted by Parliament, but it was not enforced. The new Act increased the price of sugar imported into Britain from America by 100%. This caused an immediate protest from many colonists who argued that they were not responsible for the actions of the French or the Indians. In addition, they claimed that the British lacked the legal right to impose taxes on goods shipped from another country to a third country (i.e., America to Europe).
The Townshend Duties were additional taxes imposed on various items including paper, paint, glass, and tea. They were named after Charles Townshend, then Secretary for the Colonies. The duties were intended to generate income for the British government, but they also created resentment among the colonists who saw them as violations of their rights as English citizens.
What significant events occurred on July 19, 1988? According to the sitcom Father Ted, prior occurrences on July 19 included the Indians liberating Galway, renaming Marathon Snickers, and the conclusion of the Ice Age. However, research has shown that these events did not occur on this date.
Father Ted is a television series created by Graham Linehan and Peter Baynham. It first aired in Ireland in 1997 and has since become a worldwide hit. The show focuses on the life of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland, under the direction of its priestly rector, Father Ted Crilly (played by Richard Harris).
In one episode ("Mother Teresa"), the day is declared "National Mother Teresa Day" by President Mary McAleese after it is revealed that this was the day she was born. In another episode ("Leprechaun Goes Shopping") during Lent, it is suggested that people should refrain from shopping on Leap Day (which is also suggested as a way to prevent theft).
Leap years were originally called "annual holidays" until the 19th century when they became known as "leap months". Before then, they used to be called "imperfect seasons", because they only happen every few years not annually.
What significant events occurred on December 12, 1969? 14 people are killed in a bomb assault on a bank in Milan, Italy. Bill Toomey sets a world record in track & field (8417 points). The New York Mets defeat the San Diego Padres 4-3 to win the first game played at New York's new Shea Stadium.
December 12 is known as World Radio Day because this is when the world radio network was established by the International Telecommunication Union. At 3:00 PM (UTC) the ITU issued a bulletin announcing the launch of its Global Radio Service which provides free worldwide radio broadcasting with short text messages. The first message announced in the bulletin was "Hear hear! This is your ITU." Later that day the first program was broadcast from London featuring music and news updates. By the end of 2009 more than 150 stations in 35 countries were broadcasting daily news programs.
In 1969 the United States launched the first satellite, Sputnik 2. It was built by the Soviet Union and contained instruments that measured radiation levels around Earth. The experiment was conducted under the direction of Russian scientist Yuli Khariton. The data collected by Sputnik 2 was used to verify that it had worked properly and was able to transmit back to Earth.
Sputnik 1 was the first satellite to orbit the Earth.
The Soweto revolt was a series of rallies and protests in South Africa spearheaded by black schoolchildren that began on June 16, 1976. The protests were attended by an estimated 20,000 students. They were greeted with ferocious police brutality, with several of them being shot and murdered. The violence resulted in more than 70 people being killed, hundreds injured and nearly 600 arrested.
These deaths came just six months after another set of student-led protests against apartheid ended with the Sharpeville massacre where at least 60 people were killed by police gunfire. This led to a partial ban on public demonstrations. However, police continued to harass and arrest activists, resulting in more deaths.
The Soweto uprising began on Monday, June 16, when approximately 5,000 high school students marched from their schools into downtown Soweto in support of their counterparts in Boston who were facing down police during a protest against racial segregation. Police attacked the students with batons and fired shots into the air to disperse them. At least three students were killed and many others were injured. The next day, other schools across South Africa followed suit, organizing similar marches. By the end of the week, some 20,000 students were participating in over 500 marches nationwide. On Thursday, June 19, police attempted to stop yet another march but this time they used rubber bullets instead of batons and only one person was killed.