Timeline of Homeland Security Events and Milestones

2014

2014 Fort Hood Shooting

(Credit: U.S. Army/Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle)

April 2, 2014: Ivan Antonio Lopez-Lopez began shooting inside an administrative office on the Fort Hood Army Base in Texas. The active-duty soldier then moved from one location to another, firing inside and outside buildings. Three soldiers were killed; 12 were wounded. — FBI, Active Shooter Incidents

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2014

Flint Water Crisis

(Credit: Ray Crayton/ USAF)

April 2014: Flint, MI loses access to safe, reliable drinking water when the city switched its water source from Lake Huron to Flint River, which has been found contaminated with high concentrations of lead.

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2013

West Fertilizer Company Fire and Explosion

(Credit: CSB)

April 17, 2013: The fire and explosion at the West Fertilizer Company (WFC) in West, Texas was described as “one of the most destructive incidents ever investigated by the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB).”

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2013

Boston Marathon Bombings

April 15, 2013: At the annual Boston Marathon, 282 people were injured and four were killed, including an MIT police officer, when two pressure-cooker bombs exploded near the crowded finish line.

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2012

2012 U.S. Drought/Heatwave

January-December 2012: The 2012 drought is the most extensive drought to affect the U.S. since the 1930s. Moderate to extreme drought conditions affected more than half the country for a majority of 2012.

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2011

2011 Tornado Super Outbreak

Tornado sweeps across plains

(Credit: Amanda L. Hill, NOAA)

April 25-28, 2011: An outbreak of 362 tornadoes occurred over just four days, surpassing the previous record for all of April by nearly 100, but also accounting for almost half of the confirmed tornadoes during the month. (On This Day: 2011 Tornado Super Outbreak).

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2010

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

(Credit: U.S. Coast Guard)

April 20, 2010: The Deepwater Horizon Macondo oil well drilling platform explodes and starts the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history. Millions of barrels of oil is released into the Gulf of Mexico over a span of 87 days.

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2010

Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster

(Credit: Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin)

April 5, 2010: A coal mine located in Montcoal, West Virginia suffers a massive coal dust explosion started as a methane ignition.

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2009

Binghamton Shootings

April 3, 2009: The American Civic Association Shooting, in Binghamton New York,  was the deadliest mass shooting in the United States since the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech. — Broome County AAR
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2007

Virginia Tech Shooting

(Credit: Eric Draper/White House)

April 16, 2007: “Seung Hui Cho began shooting in a dormitory at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. Two-and-a-half hours later, he chained the doors shut in a classroom building and began shooting at the students and faculty inside.

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1999

Columbine High School Massacre

April 20, 1999: Two subjects walked into Columbine High School and opened fire on both students and staff, as well as detonated explosive devices, some of which were planted in and around the school prior to entering.

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1996

“Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski Arrested

(Credit: Jeanne Boylan/FBI)

April 3, 1996: Theodore Kaczynski is arrested. Also known as the Unabomber, Kaczynski sent primitive, untraceable, homemade explosives to a number of random targets that left the FBI puzzled for nearly two decades.

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1995

Oklahoma City Bombing

(Credit: FBI)

April 19, 1995: A bomb ripped through the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building in downtown Oklahoma City, set by Timothy McVeigh.

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1993

Waco Siege Ended

(Credit: FBI)

April 19, 1993: The 51-day Waco Seige standoff ended when the the Branch Davidian compound was engulfed by fires set by the Davidians, after the FBI used tear gas in an attempt to force the occupants to leave.

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1983

US Embassy Bombing, Beirut

(Credit: US Army)

April 18, 1983: A suicide bomber crashes a truck into the front of the US Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon before detonating approximately 2,000 pounds of explosives.

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1947

Texas City Disaster

(Credit: Alfred S. Gerson/wiki user)

April 16, 1947: Docked in Texas City, TX, the S.S. Grandcamp, loaded with a cargo 2,300 tons of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, suddenly and mysteriously caught fire and then exploded. This incident was considered the largest industrial disaster of its time in the U.S.

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1906

San Francisco Earthquake

(Credit: California Historical Society)

April 18, 1906: A magnitude of 7.9 struck San Francisco, CA. Violent shocks lasted approximately 40-60 seconds and was felt from southern Oregon to the south of Los Angeles and inland as far as Central Nevada.

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