It's been said that the Islamist world is not known for celebrating anniversaries. I still prepare for the worst case scenarios, though. That's something we should all do regardless of a date on the calender. Terror - foreign based or home grown can strike at any place, any time. We have terrorist cells right here in the US at this time. We've dodged several bullets by vigilance & situational awareness & fast response by authorities. Always keep in mind that our counter terrorist agencies have to be right 100% of the time while a terrorist group or individual has to be right only once. I firmly believe that we'll be hit again but when,where,who & how is the big question. Be prepared.
Some anniversaries are already sharing anniversaries.
History for April 19 - On-This-Day.com
I've bolded a few that stand out.
1012 - Aelfheah was murdered by Danes who had been ravaging the south of England. Aelfhear became the 29th Archbishop of Canterbury in 1005.
1539 - Emperor Charles V reached a truce with German Protestants at Frankfurt, Germany.
1587 - English admiral Sir Francis Drake entered Cadiz harbor and sank the Spanish fleet.
1689 - Residents of Boston ousted their governor, Edmond Andros.
1713 - Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI issued the Pragmatic Sanction, which gave women the rights of succession to Hapsburg possessions.
1764 - The English Parliament banned the American colonies from printing paper money.
1770 - Captain James Cook discovered New South Wales, Australia. Cook originally named the land Point Hicks.
1775 - The American Revolution began as fighting broke out at Lexington, MA.
1782 - The Netherlands recognized the new United States.
1794 - Tadeusz Kosciuszko forced the Russians out of Warsaw.
1802 - The Spanish reopened the New Orleans port to American merchants.
1839 - The Kingdom of Belgium was recognized by all the states of Europe when the Treaty of London was signed.
1852 - The California Historical Society was founded.
1861 - Thaddeus S. C. Lowe sailed 900 miles in nine hours in a hot air balloon from Cincinnati, OH, to Unionville, SC.
1861 - The Baltimore riots resulted in four Union soldiers and nine civilians killed.
1861 - U.S. President Lincoln ordered a blockade of Confederate ports.
1892 - The Duryea gasoline buggy was introduced in the U.S. by Charles and Frank Duryea.
1897 - The first annual Boston Marathon was held. It was the first of its type in the U.S.
1927 - In China, Hankow communists declared war on Chaing Kai-shek.
1933 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a proclamation that removed the U.S. from the gold standard.
1938 - General Francisco Franco declared victory in the Spanish Civil War.
1939 - Connecticut approved the Bill of Rights for the U.S. Constitution after 148 years.
1943 - The Warsaw Ghetto uprising against Nazi rule began. The Jews were able to fight off the Germans for 28 days.
1951 - General Douglas MacArthur gave his "Old Soldiers" speech before the U.S. Congress. In the address General MacArthur said that "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away."
1951 - Shigeki Tanaka won the Boston Marathon. Tanaka had survived the atomic blast at Hiroshima, Japan during World War II.
1956 - Actress Grace Kelly became Princess Grace of Monaco when she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco. The civil ceremony took place on April 18.
1958 - The San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers played the first major league baseball game on the West Coast.
1960 - Baseball uniforms began displaying player's names on their backs.
1967 - Surveyor 3 landed on the moon and began sending photos back to the U.S.
1971 - Russia launched the Salyut into orbit around Earth. It was the first space station.
1975 - India launched its first satellite with aid from the USSR.
1977 - Alex Haley received a special Pulitzer Prize for his book "Roots."
1981 - In Davao, Philippines, thirteen people were killed when members of the New People's Army threw hand grenades into the Roman Catholic cathedral during Easter services.
1982 - NASA named Sally Ride to be first woman astronaut.
1982 - NASA named Guion S. Bluford Jr. as the first African-American astronaut.
1982 - The U.S. announced a ban on U.S. tourist and business traval to Cuba. The U.S. charged the Cuban government with subversion in Central America.
1987 - In Phoenix, AZ, skydiver Gregory Robertson went into a 200-mph free-fall to save an unconscious colleague 3,500 feet from the ground.
1987 - The last California condor known to be in the wild was captured and placed in a breeding program at the San Diego Wild Animal Park.
1989 - A gun turret exploded aboard the USS Iowa. 47 sailors were killed.
1989 - A giant asteroid passed within 500,000 miles of Earth.
1989 - In El Salvador, Attorney General Alvadora was killed by a car bomb.
1993 - The Branch-Davidian’s compound in Waco, TX, burned to the ground. It was the end of a 51-day standoff between the cult and U.S. federal agents. 86 people were killed including 17 children. Nine of the Branch Davidians escaped the fire.
1994 - A Los Angeles jury awarded $3.8 million to Rodney King for violation of his civil rights.
1995 - The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK, was destroyed by a bomb. It was the worst bombing on U.S. territory. 168 people were killed including 19 children, and 500 were injured. Timothy McVeigh was found guilty of the bombing on June 2, 1997.
1998 - Wang Dan, a leader of 1989 Tienanmen Square pro democracy protests, was freed by the Chinese government.
2000 - The Oklahoma City National Memorial was dedicated on the fifth anniversary of the bombing in Oklahoma that killed 168 people.
2000 - Letters written by Greta Garbo were put on exhibit. The letters were made public ten years after Garbo's death.
2000 - In the Philippines, Air Philippines GAP 541 crashed while preparing to land. 131 people were killed.
2002 - The USS Cole was relaunched. In Yemen, 17 sailors were killed when the ship was attacked by terrorists on October 12, 2000. The attack was blamed on Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network.
I would like to respond to the post that offers an opinion about a lack of fear in regards to anniversaries, etc!!
At the time in our lives when we need the threat of violence the least, I ask all members, that carry in any form, this question.
Do we not fear the unknown? Carrying is one way that we prepare for a situation that might result in violence against us!
So, in that kind of preparaton, are we not exhibiting a fear and getting ready to confront it?
I ,and my wife, have obtained our concealed permits and weapons that we feel adequate with which to defend ourselves ! That is because we no longer feel secure when we go out of our home for any length of time. Fear, trepidation, or a feeling of impending disaster?
Just my two cents worth!
Have a great day from 75 degrees and sunny Oregon in the best country in the world!! The USA!
How about November 4, 2008???
There is an advertisement I hear lately that asks: "What are you going to do to commemorate 9/11?
I really want to say "k i | | a t e r r o r i s t" but that is not PC so I will keep it to myself.
Ah, no sports fans. Tomorrow is the 40th anniversary of one of the most infamous terrorist attacks of all time, the hostage-taking and eventual murder of nine Israeli athletes and coaches at the 1972 Munich Olympics by the Black September terrorist organization. Yup, it was Sept. 5, 1972.
I too will not live in fear but I will live better prepared and more aware. I lost over 100 of my coworkers that day, not a good memory. My vow was to become as knowledgeable as possible as to the background of "radical Islam" and the terrorist movement it has spawned. Several hours a day devoted to the subject (I am a voracious reader). Again, I do not want to go political but we all should be very very worried. Much more than you think.
You can keep wandering about feeling bad about those days and keep your own flag at half staff or you can realize that we took the fight to them and hold your head high because Bin Laden is dead, Sadaam is dead and al-quaeda is flatlining.
Oh, why the heck are we still in Afghanistan?....mission was accomplished 6 months in to the invasion (Bin Laden was just a bonus, not a requirement)
The IOC capitulated to objections from the Arab members. Not a veto as such but still the same effect.
I'm actually less worried on 9-11 than other days about terrorism. I do remember hearing about a foiled "commemorative" attack at one point, but terrorists are far less concerned about commemoration than they are about maximum psychological effect. From that perspective, it's 'better' to have people moderately afraid on two days than more afraid on one day of the year. Even better is the constant fear of something happening at any time, so best not to connect to the calendar at all.
But, that's why we CANT, isn't it? Because we never know when something will happen?