On April 17, 1995 Timothy McVeigh reportedly picked up a 20-foot Ryder truck from Elliott's Body Shop in Junction City. The truck was filled with roughly 5,000 pounds (2,300 kg) of ammonium nitrate, an agricultural fertilizer, and nitromethane, a highly volatile motor-racingfuel-a mixture also known as Kinepak or ANFO (ammonium nitrate/fuel oil).
At 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, the truck exploded in the street in front of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building. About 90 minutes later, McVeigh was stopped by an Oklahoma state trooper for driving a vehicle without a license plate, who then arrested him on a firearms charge. Two days later he was charged in the bombing. His friend Terry Nichols was arrested in Kansas, and formally charged with the bombing on May 10.
American Quarter Horse Association A quarter horse is a breed of horse known for its speed over short distances. The American Quarter Horse breed evolved during the early 1600s, as Arab, Turk, and Barb breeds were brought to America and crossed with horses from England and Ireland. The result was a compact, muscled horse that was ideal for short-distance racing. Characteristics include limited white markings on the face and below the knees, heavy muscling, and a gentle nature. There are 13 colors accepted by the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) as being indicative of quarter horse heritage - sorrel (most common), brown, chestnut, gray, dun, red dun, buckskin, black, bay, grullo, red roan, blue roan, and palamino. While the quarter horse is most widely known for its short-distance racing ability, it is also used to: 1)herd cattle, 2) numerous rodeo events and for 3) English classes of dressage and show jumping. The bloodline of the American Quarter Horse has been preserved by the American Quarter Horse Association, which sets forth a strict set of guidelines in regard to registration. One of many such guidelines is the fact that each American Quarter Horse foal must have an American Quarter Horse sire (father) and an American Quarter Horse dam (mother). In order to keep accurate records of heritage, the AQHA maintains the largest equine registry in the world, with over 3.7 million registered American Quarter Horses. They keep track of all ownership records, performance and produce data, as well as American Quarter Horse population figures. The American Quarter Horse Association's Worldwide Headquarters is located in Amarillo, Texas, and the American Quarter Horse Heritage Center and Museum is conventiently located right next door. The museum is open to the public and boasts a wide variety of research materials, exhibits, informative videos, and hands-on displays. Some notable American Quarter Horses include King, who set the standard for American Quarter Horses; Go Man Go, who dominated the American Quarter Horse racing scene by setting three track records and one world record; Dash for Cash, considered one of the greatest sires of racing American Quarter Horses; and Easy Jet who, as a 2-year-old, had 22 wins from 26 starts.
Nobody "started" slavery, it has been a part of the human condition since cave man days. When someone would conquer another, the conqueror would take some of the conquered as slaves.
The first Africans were brought to an English colony in 1619. A Dutch slave ship which had been trying to get to Spanish territory got blown off course and put in at Jamestown. They sold their human cargo there. The English settlers did not actually enslave those Africans though. Instead they made indentured servants of them and when their indentures were up the Africans were given land and tools just like any English indentured servant. Some things I have read say they were even given the right to vote. After that, more slavers began putting in to Jamestown but the English gradually changed the nature of the indentures, making them longer and longer for the Africans until finally they just started enslaving them outright.
That does explain U.S. Historical slave trading. Slavery has been apart of civilization since the beginning of civilization or perhaps before. (civilization came later at first man just roamed free) Anyway, there were slaves in Egypt thousands of years ago known as the Israelites; today's Jewish people. Before that slavery most certainly existed and there is no way to pinpoint the first slave or first slave trader etc.
Antao Goncalves and Nuno Tristao are considered to be the first Europeans to have obtained black slaves from Africa in 1441.
The United States of America was founded on religious freedom. The Church of England, also known as the Anglican Church, was the "church of the state" in England. The Pilgrims wanted the freedom to choose. Although there were a variety of different "denominations" represented, all wanted to be free to worship God.
The Founding Fathers spoke frequently in official documents about God. The Declaration of Independence, for example, includes the phrase: :''We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.'' [emphasis mine]
There are many other such instances that indicate that American society, i.e., the society and government in the USA, was founded on the freedom of religion. While that does, indeed, include freedom from religion (or, if you prefer, the religion of atheism), it doesn't mean that religion should be suppressed. But that's getting off the topic and on a soapbox. :)
Colonial America was settled by various groups, most seeking new economic possibilities and acquisition of land. There were various religious groups who founded settlements along the East Coast of the New land. What is now known as Massachusetts had an early history that was strongly influenced by the Puritans who migrated from England in order to practice their own form of religion.
The Plymouth Colony, an early 17th Century British colony, was founded on the Puritans' desire for religious freedom from the Church of England. The Church of England, also known as the Anglican Church, was the "church of the state" in England. The 17th Century Pilgrims wanted the freedom to practice their own brand of religion. They did not welcome people of other denominations. Puritan society was closed to outsiders. Although there were a variety of different "denominations" represented in other colonies, and all wanted to be free to worship God by their own rules, those early Americans were not tolerant of other religious groups. (The Massachusetts Bay Colony situated around the now Salem-Boston area was also strongly Puritan and its governance was dominated by its religious leaders. It was more tolerant of other religious views.)
Religion affected every aspect of life in Colonial America. Those early settlers based their colony laws on their interpretations of the Bible and they were extremely strict and intolerant of any person who disobeyed. Citizens were required to attend Sunday services or face harsh punishment and/or banishment. That form of colonial governance eventually died out. Religious based law did not carry over as the new country developed and people of different denominations founded towns and churches and realized they needed a more uniform and civil basis for law.
The 18th Century Founding Fathers were extremely diverse in their religious beliefs and spoke sparingly in official documents about God. They knew better than to try to promote a single denomination. The United States Constitution made no reference whatsoever to a divine being and the very First Amendment explicitly prohibited the establishment of any official church or creed. The founders clearly believed that religion was a private matter that the state need not get involved in.
Only the Declaration of Independence, for example, includes the following phrase that is not included for religious purposes but instead speaks of the inalienable human rights that were a hot topic at the time:
- ''We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.''
The founders were astutely aware of the Pope's influence in the governments (and conflicts) of Europe and sought to avoid religious involvement in the official affairs of the new United States. They were aware of the havoc religious extremes could wreak on public life. One of the basic foundations for American life is freedom of religion. That does, indeed, include freedom from religion.
Difficult question to answer. The Chinese and Vikings were here first, followed by Columbus, but that's considered discovering America (which is odd since there were already people living here). The British citizens who first arrived here to live colonized America, but it wasn't really founded as a country until Jefferson, Washington, Franklin and the group drew up both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.