David Koresh, leader of the Davidian cult at Waco, Texas. In 1993 Janet Reno, Attorney General at the time, began a 51 day siege on the compound which ended on April 19 with a fire that killed 76 people, including children.
Janet Reno, born in 1938, attended Cornell and Harvard Law School. Her work in Florida as an attorney and as county prosecutor from 1978 to 1993 established Reno's stern and liberal reputation. In 1993, she was appointed U.S. Attorney General by President Bill Clinton, becoming the first woman to hold that post. Despite controversy, including the siege on the Branch Davidians at Waco, TX., she soon became one of the most respected members of the Clinton administration, serving until 2001.
A newspaper article about the Senate confirmation hearings for Janet Reno to become the nation’s first female attorney general, published in the Trenton Evening Times (Trenton, New Jersey), 10 March 1993. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “11 March 1993: Janet Reno Becomes 1st Female U.S. Attorney General.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/11-march-1993-janet-reno-becomes-1st-female-u-s-attorney-general.html