THIS DAY: April 19, 1775

American Revolution begins at Battle of Lexington

The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War. The battles were fought on April 19, 1775 in Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts Bay, within the towns of Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Menotomy (present-day Arlington), and Cambridge.

The British Army set out from Boston to capture rebel leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock in Lexington as well as to destroy the Americans store of weapons and ammunition in Concord. The colonists were warned however, by riders including Paul Revere, that the British Army was approaching. Sam Adams and John Hancock were able to escape and the local militia was able to hide much of their ammunition and weapons.

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Other Events From This Day In History

2013 – Boston Lock-down and Boston Marathon Bomb Suspects
The Boston Lock-down started with The shelter-in-place requests for several Boston-area neighborhoods in and around the Watertown area early Friday morning and extended to the entire city around 8 a.m. ET. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev runs over his brother Tamerlan dragging him a short distance down the street. Tsarnaev’s cause of death was “gunshot wounds of torso and extremities, blunt trauma to head and torso,” and “shot by police then run over and dragged by motor vehicle.” Police trap and capture the other brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The trial began in federal court in Boston on March 4, 2015 and On May 15, 2015, a verdict was reached sentencing Tsarnaev to death by lethal injection. He is currently held in ADX Florence Federal Supermax prison ( Colorado ) on death row.

2005 – Vatican Pope Benedict XVI
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has been elected as the successor to Pope John Paul II The new Pope has taken the name Pope Benedict XVI and is the head of the world’s 1.1 billion Roman Catholics.

1995 – Oklahoma Bombing
A truck full of explosives destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, killing 168 people. In 1997, Timothy McVeigh was convicted of the bombing and on June 11, 2001 he was executed by lethal injection.

1987 – The Simpsons
The Simpsons which had originally been created as a series of shorts for The Tracey Ullman Show with the first showing on This Day

1897 – Boston Marathon
The Worlds oldest annual marathon run in Boston, Massachusetts, United States races for the first time. The Boston Marathon ranks as one of the world’s most prestigious road racing events with an average of 20,000 taking part. The marathon is one of five members of the World Marathon Majors which include the cities of Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York City.