On 20 April 1999, at Columbine High School at Littleton, CO, students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 other students, a teacher and then themselves.
On 19 April 1995, a car bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building at Oklahoma City, OK, at 9: 02 AM, killing 168 people, 19 of them children at a day-care center; a nurse died of head injuries sustained while helping in rescue efforts. The bomb, estimated to have weighed 5,000 pounds, had been placed in a rented truck. The blast ripped off the north face of the nine-story building, leaving a 20-foot-wide crater and debris two stories high. Structurally unsound and increasingly dangerous, the bombed building was razed May 23.
By official proclamation of our nation’s governors, 17 April has been designated as “Ellis Island Family History Day.” Sponsored by The Statue of Liberty– Ellis Island Foundation, Inc, this annual day recognizes the achievements and contributions made to America by Ellis Island immigrants and their descendants. Historically, Apr 17 marks the day in 1907 when more immigrants were processed through the island than on any other day in its colorful history: 11,747 people. In addition, the Foundation has established the “Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards,” which are given annually to a select number of Ellis Island immigrants or their descendants who have made a significant contribution to the American experience.
Photo: Apr 16. Commemorates the Resurrection of Christ. Most joyous festival of the Christian year. The date of Easter, a movable feast, is derived from the lunar calendar: the first Sunday following the first ecclesiastical full moon on or after Mar 21— always between Mar 22 and Apr 25. The Council of Nicaea (ad 325) prescribed that Easter be celebrated on the Sunday after Passover, as that feast’s date had been established in Jesus’s time. After 1582, when Pope Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian calendar, Orthodox Christians continued to use the Julian calendar, so Easter can sometimes be as much as five weeks apart in the Western and Eastern churches.
The “unsinkable” luxury liner Titanic on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York, NY, struck an iceberg just before midnight Apr 14, and sank at 2: 27 AM, Apr 15. The Titanic had 2,224 persons aboard. Of these, more than 1,500 were lost. About 700 people were rescued from the icy waters off Newfoundland by the liner Carpathia, which reached the scene about two hours after the Titanic went down.