238 years ago today, on April 19, 1775, the War for American Independence started when the British issued a gun ban, and then sent troops to confiscate privately-owned guns held by the Americans in the towns of Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts. The Americans lined up with their guns and refused to either lay down their arms or disperse. Their captain told them, "Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon. But if they mean to have a war, let it begin here." (A marble monument with those words can be found on Lexington Green today.) The British tried to break them up, and the Shot Heard Round the World was fired. With the way things have been going in this country recently, some folks have started referring to that as "The First War for American Independence". ---------------------------------------- Other April 19 events: 1764 - The English Parliament banned the American colonies from printing paper money. 1933 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a proclamation that removed the U.S. from the gold standard. 1993 - The Branch-Davidians compound in Waco, TX, burned to the ground by Federal agents, who suspected that child abuse had been taking place inside. 86 people were killed, including 17 children. 1995 - The Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK, was blown up by American terrorists Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols. Their excuse for murdering 168 people (including 19 children) was that they were upset over the Federal government's actions at Waco, TX in 1993, and other Federal killings.