History 101 for April 19, 2012

Terror in Oklahoma…a famous soldier says goodbye…and a new pope on this day in history.

We begin in 1951 -US General Douglas MacArthur –having been relieved of his command in Korea by President Truman told congress, – “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.”

The Oklahoma City bombing was a terrorist bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. It would remain the most destructive act of terrorism on American soil until the September 11, 2001 attacks. The Oklahoma blast claimed 168 lives, including 19 children under the age of 6, and injured more than 680 people. The blast destroyed or damaged 324 building within a sixteen-block radius, destroyed or burned 86 cars, and shattered glass in 258 nearby buildings. Within 90 minutes of the explosion, Timothy McVeigh was stopped by Oklahoma State Trooper Charlie Hanger for driving without a license plate and arrested for unlawfully carrying a weapon. Forensic evidence quickly linked McVeigh and Terry Nichols to the attack; Nichols was arrested, and within days both were charged.

2005: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany was elected pope. He took the name Benedict-the-16th.

and in music history: 1988: Chinese radio began playing western pop music for the first time, ranging from Glenn Miller to Madonna. But one song that was banned for being disrespectful to the subject of the song – Ludwig von Beethoven. The song was covered by many but it all began with Chuck Berry.