OKLAHOMA CITY - Twenty years ago, on April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh detonated a massive truck bomb in front of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The attack killed 168 men, women and children, injured hundreds more, and remains the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history.
Within days, the two men behind the attack were behind bars. An Oklahoma State Trooper pulled over Army veteran Timothy McVeigh for driving without a license plate 90 minutes after the attack. Shortly before his release, two days later, he was recognized as a bombing suspect. His accomplice, Terry Nichols turned himself in the same day.
McVeigh was convicted and given the death penalty. He was executed in 2001. Nichols was also convicted is serving life in prison.
In the years after the tragedy, Oklahoma City banded together to turn the tragedy into something positive. They built a solemn memorial on the site of the former Murrah Federal Building. It was dedicated exactly five years after the bombing took place. Each victim is honored with a symbolic chair, including 19 smaller chairs in honor of the children that died.