April 19, the weirdest day in History.

Or at least it’s one of the busiest. I know I always end up holding my breath until it’s all over.

In 1529, it was the beginning of the real Protestant movement with the Diet of Speyer, where a group of rulers and leaders got bent about the Edict of Worms which declared Martin Luther a heretic in the eyes of the Church.

In 1692, Bridget Bishop goes on trial for witchcraft in Salem, Massechusetts, and is later executed.

In 1775, it was the Battle of Lexington and Concord during the American Revolutionary War, more commonly known as the “shot heard ’round the world”.

In 1839, Belgium becomes a kingdom.

In 1861, the Baltimore Riot happens during the American Civil War.

In 1892, the first automobile is driven by Charles Duryea.

In 1904, a great deal of the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is destroyed in a fire.

In 1909, Joan of Arc receives beatification.

In 1927, Mae West is sentenced to 10 days in jail for obscenity thanks to her play, “Sex”.

In 1943, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising began. Mostly, it was Jews getting slaughtered in Poland.

In 1971, The VVAW (Vietnam Veterans Against the War) starts the five-day rally in Washington, D.C. On that same day, Charles Manson is sentenced to life in prison.

In 1989, a gun turret exploded on the USS Iowa, killing 47 sailors.

In 1993, the Branch Davidian compound is consumed by fire after a 50-day standoff.

Two years later in 1995, the Oklahoma City Bombing takes place.

In 2000, the Phillipines Bieong 737 crashes near Davao, killing 131.

And, finally, in 2005, Joseph Ratzinger becomes Pope Benny the 16th after one of the shortest papal enclaves ever.

All this does not give me warm fuzzies compared to what I’ve been going through recently. I’m fairly certain that if the world picks a specific date to have a world-class meltdown, it’s going to be on April 19th. Condolances for any folks born on this date, but at the same time, there was a lot of cool stuff happening, too.

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  1. April 19, 2006

    In 1904, a great deal of the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is destroyed in a fire.

    This is interesting. I should look into it and see what it was all about. I am about 45 minutes away from Toronto, yet I was not aware that this is a part of their history. You learn something new every day. 🙂

  2. April 19, 2006

    and my mom’s birthday. thanks for reminding me, i need to call her

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