April: no month to fool with
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Although the events of December 7, 1941, and September 11, 2001, are of great significance in our country’s history, it is April which holds an unenviable record when it comes to the number of calamitous events which have inflicted death and suffering on the American people. Witness the following:
April 15, 1775 – The battles of Lexington and Concord set off the American Revolution, which resulted in the loss of tens of thousands of lives; the cost of our independence.
April 10 -12, 1815 – The explosive eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia, put 36 cubic miles of volcanic dust into the atmosphere, which blocked enough sunlight to cause “the year without a summer,” taking an enormous toll in deaths from malnutrition and starvation in the U.S. and throughout the world.
April 12, 1861 – The firing on Fort Sumter started the American Civil War, which cost more than 500,000 lives to preserve the Union.
April 14, 1865 – President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.
April 18 -19, 1906 – The San Francisco earthquake and fire resulted in the deaths of more than 3,000 people.
April 15, 1912 – The “unsinkable” luxury liner Titanic sank on its maiden voyage after striking an iceberg in the North Atlantic, with the loss of 1,500 lives.
April 6, 1917 – The U.S. entered World War I, “The war to end all wars,” and “The war to make the world safe for democracy,” in which more than 100,000 Americans died.
April 12, 1945 – The death of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
April 16, 1947 – An explosion and fire in a freighter and chemical plant in Texas City, Texas, killed more than 500.
April 19, 1993 – Eighty people died in the fire at the Branch Davidian Complex in Waco, Texas.
April 19, 1995 – The bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City took th lives of 168 people.
April 20, 1999 – Fifteen people died in a shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.
April 16, 2007 – A shooting at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia took 33 lives.
April is the heart of tornado season in the U.S.; more than 2,000 lives have been lost to tornados since 1900 ” more than in any other month.
And finally, April 15 is the drop-dead date for the filing of income tax returns ” a black day in the lives of all working Americans.
So let us all beware of what might befall us this April, which is just around the corner.
Hal Sundin’s column appears every other Thursday in the Post Independent
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