April 19, 1775 -- "The shot heard round the world" begins the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and the American Revolution. Commemorated in Maine and Massachusetts on the third as Patriot's Day with the holding of baseball games in Fenway Park and the running of the Boston Marathon. Also commemorated by Tea Partiers, "Patriot" groups, and white supremacists in less wholesome ways.
April 20, 1889 --
Birth date of Adolf Hitler. Commemorated by white supremacists and
other pond scum. In America these commemorations are often combined
with Patriot's Day.
April 15, 1955 -- Income tax returns are set
as due annually on this date or the nearest next business day for most
people living in America. Protested by anti-government groups and other
April 19, 1985 -- FBI raids the compound of The
Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord (CSA) in Arkansas, a
reactionary white supremacist Christian group wanted in connection with
several murders with no loss of life on their major holiday, the 210th
anniversary of "the shot heard round the world".
April 19, 1993
-- FBI raids the compound of the Branch Davidians, another reactionary
Christian group with outstanding arrest warrants, hoping to recreate
their success with the CSA. Instead, 76 adults and children die. Both
raids are commemorated by other reactionaries around the country.
April 19, 1995 -- Right-wing nutcase Timothy McVeigh bombs the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City
in retaliation for the Branch Davidian raid. The most destructive
terrorist act on American soil until 9/11, it kills 168 adults and
April 20, 1999 -- Junior right-wing nutcases Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold
kill 12 children, a teacher, and themselves at Columbine High School in
an attempt to outdo Timothy McVeigh. It's the worst American public
school massacre -- until this winter.
April 16, 2007 -- Unable to
handle stress and the "frightening prospect" of being "turned out into
the world of work, finances, responsibilities, and a family," (according
to the official review) college nutcase Seung-Hui Cho kills 32 people
and himself at Virginia Tech in the worst massacre at an American
college in modern times. No one knows if he was commemorating Patriot's
Day or just panicking over the end of the school year.
April 15, 2013 -- The Boston Marathon Massacre.
You think we could maybe have a serious discussion on domestic
terrorism in this country? Or is everyone gonna stuff their heads in
the sand and act all shocked, shocked, SHOCKED the next time blood flows
in the third week of April?
In 2014 Patriot's Day falls on April 21. Mark your calendar.