The Great Minneapolis Fire (Aug 13, 1893)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Conditions in Minneapolis in 1893 were rife for disaster. The city saw a long stretch of dry weather in a district home to several lumber milling and storage companies. The combination was a potential powder keg ready to explode. On a warm Sunday afternoon, it did.
Opinion: Are Mass School Shootings Caused by Mental Illness or a Lack of Brain Development?
Whenever children lose their lives, it has a devastating effect on the whole community. Every parent is terrified of losing their child to a car accident, or depression that leads to suicide.
Opinion: I Am a Former Teacher. The Robb Elementary School Tragedy Will Change Nothing If We Do Not Change Ourselves.
Otherwise, the news cycle will prove yet again that early outrage will be followed only by helplessness, and inaction. Robb Elementary SchoolRobb Elementary School campus homepage.
A Fiery Midair Collision Between Planes That Horrified the World
The world's deadliest mid-air collision between planes occurred on November 12, 1996, over the village of Charkhi Dadri in India. The planes involved in the crash were Saudi Arabian (Saudia) Flight 763, a Boeing 747 en route from Delhi to Dhahran in Saudi Arabia, and Kazhakstan Airlines Flight 1907 which was inbound from Chimkent, Kazhakstan.
The Tragedy of the SS Sultana Was a Horrific Maritime Disaster in U.S. History
The worst maritime disaster in US maritime history occurred on April 27, 1865, when the SS Sultana exploded on the Mississippi River killing 1,168 people. The SS Sultana was a side-wheel commercial steamboat constructed out of wood normally tasked with transportation in the lower Mississippi. Even though it only had a capacity of 376 passengers, on the day of the tragedy the steamboat was carrying 2,137 passengers which was six times its normal capacity. This is an excerpt that describes the reason for the overcrowding on the SS Sultana: "The American Civil War had ended just weeks before, and repatriated Union prisoners of war, having endured hellish conditions in Confederate military prisons, were eager to return to their homes in the North."
A Horrifying Aircraft Disaster That Shook the World Involved Two Jumbo Jets
The deadliest disaster in aviation history occurred on March 27, 1977, on the Spanish island of Tenerife. It involved two Boeing 747s, KLM Flight 4085 and PanAm Flight 1736 which resulted in 583 deaths. Only 61 passengers were able to make it out of the fiery crash alive.
The Number of Lives Lost From the Sinking of the Gustloff Makes It the Worst Disaster at Sea
In 1945, the German populace who found themselves in the path of the advancing Soviet Union army were scrambling to get out rather than find themselves at the mercy of the Soviet forces. A massive evacuation effort called Operation Hannibal was set into motion in order to transport civilians, soldiers, and equipment back to safety via the Baltic Sea.
This Dynamite Factory Explosion Killed 11 Men in Lancaster Co in 1906
On June 9, 1906, a dynamite factory in this small town exploded, leaving 11 young men dead. We hike through Shenks' Ferry Wildflower Preserve in search of history!
NC 3-Year-Old Girl Accidentally Shoots Self on Christmas Day
A 3-year-old accidentally shot herself in the head and was hospitalized on Christmas DayScreen-shot From GoFundMe. NC 3-Year-Old Girl Accidentally Shoots Self on Christmas Day. In a tragic turn of events, a 3-year-old girl named Aylee in Henderson County shot herself with a handgun on Christmas Day, according to local news media.