Today is Wednesday, April 19, the 109th day of 2017. There are 256 days left in the year.

Highlights in history

• In 1775, the American Revolutionary War began with the battles of Lexington and Concord.

• In 1943, during World War II, tens of thousands of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto began a valiant but ultimately futile battle against Nazi forces.

• In 1951, Gen. Douglas MacArthur (above), relieved of his Far East command by President Harry S. Truman, bade farewell in an address to Congress in which he quoted a line from a ballad: "Old soldiers never die; they just fade away."

• In 1993, the 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, ended as fire destroyed the structure after federal agents began smashing their way in; dozens of people, including sect leader David Koresh, were killed.

• In 1995, a truck bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people. (Bomber Timothy McVeigh was later convicted of federal murder charges and executed.)

• Ten years ago: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid offered a bleak assessment of Iraq, saying the war was "lost," triggering an angry backlash by Republicans.

• Five years ago: Republicans rammed an election-year, $46 billion tax cut for most of America's employers through the House, ignoring a veto threat from President Barack Obama. (The measure went down to defeat in the Senate.)

• One year ago: Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro delivered a valedictory speech to the Communist Party, telling party members that he was nearing the end of his life and exhorting them to help his ideas survive.


• 75: Alan Price, rock musician (the Animals)

• 71: Tim Curry, actor

• 55: Al Unser Jr., motorsports hall of famer

• 52: Suge Knight, recording executive

• 49: Ashley Judd, actress

• 39: James Franco, actor

• 38: Kate Hudson, actress

Thought for today

"There is a Law that man should love his neighbor as himself. In a few hundred years, it should be as natural to mankind as breathing or the upright gait; but if he does not learn it, he must perish." — Alfred Adler, Austrian psychoanalyst (1870-1937)


Source: The Associated Press