Waco, Oklahoma City: Two tragedies share the same anniversary today.


Today marks the 25th anniversary of the deadly fire that ended the 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas.

Today also marks the 23rd anniversary of the deadly Oklahoma City bombing.

Both events are tied together by miscalculation and revenge.

The terrible tragedy of both events is the loss of life – more than 200 people killed, many of them children.

The Waco stand-off started on Feb. 28, 1993, with efforts by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to execute a search warrant at the Branch Davidian compound, home to a religious sect led by David Koresh.

That devolved into a gun battle between people inside the compound and ATF agents on the outside.

Over the next 51 days, both sides faced off as negotiations between the sides dragged on.

On April 19,  the FBI Hostage Rescue Team was authorized to assault the compound on the grounds conditions inside the compound were deteriorating and that children inside were being abused.

Fire broke out inside the compound and spread rapidly until the place burned to the ground. In all, 76 people died.

Two years later, on April 19, 1995, in an act of revenge for the Waco siege and deaths, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols detonated a homemade bomb stored in a truck to destroy the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The blast also damaged or destroyed hundreds of other buildings within a 16-block radius.

In the end, the blast killed 168 people, including many children in a daycare center in the federal building.

You can learn more about the Waco siege here and the Oklahoma City bombing here.

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