On this day: August 22.

Sometimes I'll browse Wikipedia, clicking any link that interests me and reading up on a plethora of topics from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to beer to East Berlin. I'm amazed by what I didn't know and what I learn. It gave me the idea to write about important world events.

I remember after September 11, 2001, there were signs all over the place saying "9/11 Never Forget" or some permutation. I thought about all the other dates that we forget about as we go about our lives.

So here's the first important event: On August 22, 1992, FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi shot and killed Vicki Weaver, wife of Randy Weaver, at Ruby Ridge. Agents were at Weaver's home to arrest him for allegedly selling illegal firearms and for missing his trial date. Unaware to the Feds, the letter he received regarding his trial date was actually off by a month. During the 12-day siege, a US Marshal, Randy Weaver's wife Vicky, his son Samuel and their dog were killed. Afterward, Weaver was acquitted of all charges except for missing his court date, spent four months in prison and paid a $10,000 fine. He made that money back however after a wrongful death suit netted him $100,000.

The event was big news at the time, with people astounded by the FBI's extreme use of force for such a small charge.

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