April 19: A good and not so good day in history

April 19 is not just another day on the calendar. Lots of things good, and not so good, happened on this day in history.

For instance, today is the day 'the shot heard around the world' took place, the first fighting in the American Revolution back in 1775, in Lexington, Mass. The skirmish was brief, but those first shots ricocheted into the centuries to come.

The first blood of the Civil War was spilled on this date in 1861, when a mob in Baltimore attacked some troops. Four soldiers and 12 rioters died.

April 19, 1993, ended the 51-day Branch Dividian stand-off in Waco, Texas, where federal agents stormed the compound of David Koresh who claimed to be looking for religious independence. Seventy-six branch Dividians and four federal agents died in the attack.

And Waco was the excuse timothy McVeigh gave for the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City that killed 168 people, including 19 children in the day care. McVeigh was convicted and executed. His buddy Terry Nichols is serving a life sentence in a federal prison.

Houston has its own place in today`s history, because on this date in 1837, Houston became the fifth capital of Texas, and the last before the seat of the republic moved to Austin.

Oh, yeah, and on April 19, 1987, we all met the Simpsons, and life as we knew it was never the same again.

Other events of note on this date:

 1865 - President Abraham Lincoln`s funeral before his body began a two-week journey back to his hometown of Springfield, Ill.

1897 - The first annual Boston Marathon won by John J. McDermott of New York with a time of 2:55:10.

1975 ' Love Will Keep Us Together', by The Captain and Tennille, hit #1.

1982   NASA names Sally Ride to be the first female astronaut.