16th Anniversary of Oklahoma City Bombing Continues Tragic Legacy

The lives of many people changed on April 19, 1995, when the Alfred P Murrah federal building in downtown Oklahoma City was bombed in the worst terrorist attack on American soil up to that time. At 9:02 a.m. a 4,800 lb truck bomb was parked outside the building and 168 people were killed, including 19 children. What was the chain of events that happened afterward?

10:30 a.m. April 19, 1995: Timothy McVeigh is arrested

Timothy McVeigh is pulled over near Perry, Okla., by a state trooper for not having a license plate. The trooper noticed a bulge in McVeigh’s jacket and arrested him for carrying a gun. McVeigh is then named the bombing suspect two days later, shortly before he was to be released. His accomplice, Terry Nichols, surrenders to authorities in Herington, Kan., April 21.

May 10, 1995: Nichols is charged with the bombing

Nichols is formally charged with the bombing and is brought to El Reno. He and McVeigh are indicted by a grand jury three months later.

Dec. 23, 1997: Nichols is found guilty

Nichols is found guilty of conspiracy to use of weapon of mass destruction and involuntary manslaughter. Nichols was later sentenced to life in prison in January of 1998. Nichols was later found guilty of 161 counts of first-degree murder by an Oklahoma jury in 2004. When he was sentenced to life in prison, he asked the survivors and families of those perished for their forgiveness.

Dec. 30, 1998: No other conspirators connected to the bombing

It is concluded that there were no other conspirators in the Oklahoma City bombing or any complicity by the government by an Oklahoma County grand jury.

April 19, 2000: The Oklahoma City National Memorial is dedicated

The Oklahoma City National Memorial is dedicated on the fifth anniversary of the bombing by President Clinton. It sits on three acres of land and cost $29 million. The memorial includes a reflecting pool with 168 chairs which includes 149 larger chairs for the adults killed and 19 smaller chairs for the children who perished.

May 2001: McVeigh’s execution delayed

It is revealed that the FBI failed to make available all documents of the case to McVeigh’s attorneys before the trial. As a result, the execution is delayed for 30 days in order to investigate. On June 11, 2001, McVeigh is executed by lethal injection and is pronounced dead at 7:14 a.m. at the Federal Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. He is the first federal prisoner executed since 1963.

March 31, 2005: Explosives found at the former home of Terry Nichols

Blasting caps and other explosives are found in a crawl space of Nichols’ former home. This discovery comes just weeks before the 10th anniversary of the bombing.

April 19, 2011: 16th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing ceremony

A ceremony is held in Oklahoma City with a moment of silence from 9:01 to 9:03 a.m. to commemorate the time the bomb went off. Survivors and families of the victims were in attendance.

May 1, 2011: The Eleventh Annual Oklahoma Memorial Marathon

The Eleventh Annual Oklahoma Memorial Marathon will take place in remembrance of the tragic events. This event will offer a full, half, relay, and kids marathon.