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February 28: The Waco Siege Begins | What Happened Today In History?



Dear Humanity,

Today you set into motion a series of deadly events that led to the death of dozens of men, women, and children. Today should remind us to tread carefully in volatile situations...


 

What Happened During The Waco Siege?

At first, it was supposed to be a routine raid of the Branch Davidian complex and an arrest of their leader David Koresh. He was allegedly building an armory of guns. Over a hundred people lived there as a part of the Branch Davidian cult. However, the cult members exchanged fire with federal agents, and members of both sides were shot dead. The following events would become known as the Waco Massacre.


The failed operation led to a 51-day standoff where the complex was surrounded by armored vehicles, tanks, and 600 federal agents when most of the cult refused to leave. However, a fire broke out inside the compound and killed everyone but 9 people.



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