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TIMELINE: April is a deadly month in US history


The month of April for the United States has historically been a month of tragedy, dating all the way back to the 1800s. WTOC did some research and looked at just how many U.S. tragedies have taken place in the month of April.

April 14, 1865 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln leads the country through the Civil War. But he was shot dead at Ford's Theatre just five days after the Confederacy surrendered.

April 20, 1889 - Adolf Hitler was born. He would go on to be one of the worst dictators of all time. He is responsible for the deaths of millions of Jews during the Holocaust.

April 4, 1968 - Martin Luther King Jr., the leader of the civil rights movement was shot dead. He is credited with being one of the most influential people surrounding the Civil Rights movement. He is celebrated each year with a national day of observance.

April 19, 1993 - The 50 day siege known as the "Waco Massacre" on Mount Carmel Center ended after days of fighting after a religious group called the Branch Davidians killed four federal agents and holed up at the ranch property. The siege ended when the Mount Caramel Center went up in flames, killing 76 people.

April 19, 1995 - The Oklahoma City bombings killed 168 people and injured more than 680 people. The blast took place at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. It is said to have caused more than $652 million worth of damage.

April 24, 1995 - The "Unabomber," later identified as Ted Kaczynski, engaged in nationwide bombing for years, killing three people and injuring 23 others. The last of his victims was killed April 24, 1995.

April 20, 1999 - This day, the U.S. dealt with one of the worst school shootings in history. Two seniors at Columbine High School shot and killed 12 students and one teacher on the campus in Colorado. Twenty-one other students were injured.

April 16, 2007 - A senior at Virginia Tech shot and killed 32 people and hurt 17 others in two separate attacks before he turned the gun on himself. The Virginia Tech attack is still the bloodiest school shooting in history.

April 15, 2013 - Two separate bombs went off at the end of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding an estimated 170 others. There are still no suspects in this case.

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