The greatest destruction came from the fires the quake ignited. These ravaged the city for three days before burning themselves out. The maelstrom destroyed 490 city blocks, a total of 25,000 buildings, made over 250,000 homeless and killed between 450 and 700. Damage estimates topped $350,000,000.
On 18 April 1942 Lieutenant Colonel James "Jimmy" Doolittle and his squadron launched the first air raid by the United States which struck the Japanese home island of Honsh during World War II. The mission was notable since it was the only time in
On the morning of April 15, 1961, what is known as The Bay of Pigs, began, as three flights of B-26B Invader light bomber aircraft displaying Cuban Fuerza Armada Revolucionaria (FAR ? Revolutionary Armed Force) markings bombed and strafed the Cuban airfields of San Antonio de Los Baños, Antonio Maceo International Airport, and the airfield at Ciudad Libertad.
Operation Puma, the code name given to the offensive counter air attacks against the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces, called for 48 hours of air strikes across the island to effectively eliminate the Cuban air force, ensuring Brigade 2506 complete air superiority over the island prior to the actual landing at the Bay of Pigs. This failed because the air strikes were not continued as was originally planned. So by April 21st, the whole thing was over, with the whole fiasco being an embarrassment for the
On April 19,
The next terrible April 19th event took place in 1995 with the terrorist attack aimed at the U.S. government in which the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was bombed in an office complex in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The attack claimed 168 lives and left over 800 injured. Until the September 11, 2001 attacks, it was the deadliest act of terrorism on
On April 16, 2007, the Virginia Tech massacre occurred; the school shooting which was comprised of two separate attacks about two hours apart on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. The perpetrator, Seung-Hui Cho, killed 32 people and wounded many more before committing suicide, making it the deadliest school shooting in
The incident received international media coverage and drew criticism of
The incident prompted immediate changes in
So now that we are getting close to this period this year, what might we expect? It is interesting that near the 1906 earthquake date, scientists are watching some underground rumblings in
And as we get closer to the date of the
Nearly a dozen large charter buses loaded with women and children left with police escorts followed by reporters and photographers in their own vehicles. Some of the children waved at reporters as they were driven away.
The Desert News reported Sunday that the women and children being housed in the historic fort were complaining that illness was sweeping through the group and that there was no privacy.
"We have been more sick than usual. We don't like what they're doing," one woman at the shelter said. She did not want her name used because she was using her cell phone and feared losing it."There's tension in the air, that's for sure."
Another 170 children are being housed nearby at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, which is near the coliseum. There are 139 women, who are mothers or other close relatives of the children, living in the same conditions and taking care of them.A
"Right now we are focusing on the actions by the Department of Child and Family Services who are seeking protection of the children," said Judge Barbara Walther of the
Also there were two bogus school threats made yesterday (the 14th), so hopefully during this cycle there will not be another incident of that kind! We will just have to wait, and keep our fingers crossed until the 21st as the Sun in late Aries and early Taurus comes around to square the natal and progressed Pluto at 28 Capricorn and 01 Aquarius 04 R. respectively in the U.S. chart.