(Monday, April 19, 1993, at around noon CST) — The 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, ended today as fire destroyed the structure after federal agents began smashing their way in. Dozens of people, including sect leader David Koresh, were killed.
(Thursday, April 19, 1973) — High Plains Drifter, a Western film about a mysterious gunfighter hired by the residents of a corrupt frontier mining town to defend them against a group of criminals, opened today in New York City.
Directed by Clint Eastwood, the film stars Eastwood, Verna Bloom and Marianna Hill.
(Thursday, April 19, 1973) — Soylent Green, a science fiction film about a New York police detective in an overpopulated futuristic Earth who finds himself marked for murder by government agents when he gets too close to a bizarre state secret involving the origins of a revolutionary and needed new foodstuff, opened today in New York City.
Directed by Richard Fleischer, the film stars Charlton Heston, Leigh Taylor-Young and Edward G. Robinson.
(Wednesday, April 19, 1933; during the Great Depression) — President Franklin D. Roosevelt took the United States off the gold standard today by ordering that gold exports to other nations be halted. The effect would be to devalue the U.S. dollar by 36% (against gold-backed currencies) over the next eight months. However, the Dow Jones Industrial Average had increased by 55% on July 18, 1933.