Today is April 19th, 2013. Today is also the end of a very dark and disturbing week, and dark, disturbing weeks can inspire a person like me to have some very dark and disturbing thoughts. This post is the result of quite a few hours spent fleshing out some of those thoughts. Please bear with me. I’ll try not to embarrass myself too badly.
According to HistoryOrb.com, some very interesting things have happened on this day in history. For the purposes of this post however, the two things I’m interested in are listed on the second of the two pages dedicated to this day: The tragic end of the siege at the Branch Davidian compound on the outskirts of Waco, Texas, and the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Patriots’ Day and, by tradition, the Boston Marathon, fell on Monday, April the 15th this year – a traditional connection that many have linked to the Boston Marathon bombings. With the help of timeanddate.com, I learned that the Waco siege also ended on Patriots’ Day – Monday, April 19, 1993. I then learned that the Oklahoma City bombing, inspired at least in part by the Waco siege tragedy, occurred two days after Patriots’ Day – on Wednesday, April 19, 1995 – using a truck filled with fertilizer based explosives.
And guess what happened this week? The explosion at that West Fertilizer Company plant – located roughly 19 miles north of Waco, Texas – took place on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 – two days after Patriots’ Day and the bombings in Boston, on the same day of the week the Oklahoma City bombing occurred on, and on the same date that Patriots’ Day fell on in that year!
“Nah, that’s crazy!” I know that’s what you’re thinking. But if you think having such thoughts makes me crazy, then perhaps you need a reminder of what the genuine article actually looks like:
Which, of course, is precisely why…
I want ice water.
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