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April 19– Today In History

We take a look at some of the events that occurred on April 19th.

Today In …

1775 - The American Revolution began with the battle of Lexington and Concord was fought.

1993 - A fire at the Branch Dividian compound in Waco, Texas ended in tragedy when a fire broke out, killing over eighty people.

1995 - 168 people were killed during the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

2000 - The Oklahoma City National Memorial was dedicated.

2005 - Cardinal Ratzinger officially became Pope Benedict XVI.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Hayden Christensen star of “Life as a House” and “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” was born in 1981.

Tim Curry star of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “It” was born in 1946.

Elinor Donahue who starred on TV’s “Father Knows Best” and “The Odd Couple” was born in 1937.

James Franco who starred in “Fly Boys” and the “Spider-Man” movies was born in 1978.

Kate Hudson star of “Almost Famous” and “Skeleton Key” was born in 1979.

Jesse James from TV’s “Monster Garage” and husband of actress Sandra Bullock was born in 1969.

Ashley Judd star of “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” and “Double Jeopardy” was born in 1968.

Suge Knight the renowned record producer was born in 1965.

Jayne Mansfield the iconic actress/entertainer who starred in “The Girl Can’t Help It” was born in 1933.

Dudley Moore who starred in “10” and “Author” was born in 1935.

Eliot Ness the legendary lawman was born in 1903.

Hugh O’Brian who starred on TV’s “The Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp” was born in 1925.

George O’Brien who starred in “Fort Apache” and “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” was born in 1899.

Dick Sargent the actor who originally played Darren on TV’s “Bewitched” was born in 1930.

Maria Sharapova the Russian tennis champion was born in 1987.

We Said Goodbye To…

Hugh Brannum the actor best remembered as Mr. Green Jeans on TV’s “Captain Kangaroo” passed away in 1987 at the age of 77.

Lord Byron the English poet whose works include “Don Juan” passed away in 1824 at the age of 36.

Pierre Curie the physicist/scientist who, with wife Marie, researched radiation, passed away in 1906 at the age of 46.

Charles Darwin the scientist/biologist who developed the theory of evolution passed away in 1882 at the age of 73.

Ruth Hussey who starred in “Philadelphia Story” passed away in 2005 at the age of 93.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1969 - On The Country Charts – “Galveston” by Glen Campbell
1980 - “Call Me” by Blondie
1986 - “Kiss” by Prince
1986 - On The Country Charts – “Cajun Moon” by Ricky Skaggs

TV Moments In…

1987 - “The Simpsons” made their on-air debut during an animated short on the “Tracey Ullman Show”.

Memorable Sports Moments In…

1897 - The first Boston Marathon was held.

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