Saturday, April 20, 2013
Iíve been working in television news for nearly 30 years, and I donít think I have ever had a busier, sadder, more stressful week. Between the tragedies in Boston and Texas, then local news stories like the family who died of carbon monoxide poisoning or the college freshman who fell to her death at a rooftop party, or the two little kids found living in a storage unit, or the 113 animals taken out of a womanís home, the bad news just seemed to never stop this week. Come to find out this week has historically been a really bad week.
April 14th (1912) The Titanic hits an iceberg. More than 1,500 people die when the unsinkable ship sinks.
April 15th (2013) The Boston Marathon bombing.
April 16th (2007) 32 people shot and killed by a student on the campus of Virginia Tech, who later takes his own life.
April 17th (2013) A fertilizer plant explodes in West, Texas. Hundreds of homes are destroyed and at least 14 people are killed, most of whom were first responders.
April 18th (1906) Thousands die in the Great San Francisco earthquake.
April 19th (1993) 76 people die in the siege of a religious compound in Waco Texas. Two years later, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City is bombed. 168 people die, including 19 children in a day care facility.
April 20th (1999) Two students go on a shooting rampage at Columbine High School, leaving 13 dead, and over 20 injured. The same date in 2010 marked the Deepwater Horizon explosion, killing 11, making it the worst oil spill in US history.
Forget about the Ides of March. Maybe we should be worried about the Ides of April.