Today is Wednesday, April 19, the 109th day of 2017. There are 256 days left in the year.

Highlight in History

In 1967, Kathrine Switzer became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, at that time, a men-only event, under an official number by registering without mentioning her gender. By her own estimate, she finished in 4 hours and 20 minutes. Bobbi Gibb, running unofficially for the second time, finished in 3:27:17.


In 1775, the American Revolutionary War began with the battles of Lexington and Concord.

In 1943, during World War II, tens of thousands of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto began a valiant but ultimately futile battle against Nazi forces.

In 1951, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, relieved of his Far East command by President Harry S. Truman, bade farewell in an address to Congress in which he quoted a line from a ballad: “Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.”

In 1966, Bobbi Gibb, 23, became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon at a time when only men were allowed to participate. Gibb jumped into the middle of the pack after the sound of the starting pistol and finished in 3:21:40.

In 1995, a truck bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people. Bomber Timothy McVeigh was later convicted of federal murder charges and executed.

Today’s Birthdays

Actress Elinor Donahue is 80. Actor Tim Curry is 71. Former tennis player Sue Barker is 61. Recording executive Suge Knight is 52. Latin pop singer Luis Miguel is 47. Actress-comedian Ali Wong (TV: “American Housewife”) is 35. Tennis player Maria Sharapova is 30.