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What is it about April?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Batman, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    You can probably pick and choose things from any given month that are horrible, but what is it about April -- and mid-April in particular -- that just seems to breed horrific historical events? Here's a partial list from the last 150 years or so:

    • April 10, 1972 - 7.0 earthquake kills 1/5 of population of Iranian province of Fars
    • April 11, 1965 - 40 tornadoes strike U.S. midwest killing 272 and injuring 5,000
    • April 13, 1970 - Apollo 13 announces "Houston, we've got a problem!" as Beech-built oxygen tank explodes en route to Moon
    • April 14, 1865 - President Abraham Lincoln shot in Ford's Theater by John Wilkes Booth
    • April 15, 1912 - Titanic sinks at 2:27 AM off Newfoundland as band plays on
    • April 16, 2007 - Gunman Seung-Hui Cho kills 32 people at Virginia Tech
    • April 18, 1906 - 8.25 earthquake shakes San Francisco California; earthquake and ensuing fires kill nearly 4,000 and destroy 75% of city
    • April 19, 1993 - Six-week standoff at Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, ends with fire and deaths of 74 cult members
    • April 19, 1995 - Truck bomb at Federal Building in Oklahoma City, kills 168
    • April 19, 1947 - French ship explodes in Texas City harbor, kills about 522
    • April 20, 1999 - Two disaffected students brought guns to their high school in Columbine, Colorado and murdered twelve students, one teacher and then killed themselves
    • April 20, 1889 - Adolf Hitler's birthday

    You also had the Civil War breaking out in Mid-April 1861, and a smattering of tornado outbreaks where several hundred people died. So is there just some bad mojo with this time of year, or what?
  2. MU_was_not_so_hard

    MU_was_not_so_hard Active Member

    I started to pay attention to this after Columbine when I found out that was Hitler's b-day. Certainly seemed to stand out after that.
  3. Highway 101

    Highway 101 Active Member

    Yes... I share that unfortunate honor with the dictator.
  4. Clever username

    Clever username Active Member

    So does Don Mattingly.
  5. Beaker

    Beaker Active Member

    Well, he did play for the "Evil Empire"...
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