Disasters · Germany

Oppau factory explosion

September 21, 1921 Oppau, Germany An explosion at a factory producing ammonium nitrate kills between 500 to 600 and wounds another 2,000 The explosion's exact cause is unknown as all involved died from the blast, but it's believed to have been due to a practice of loosening ammonium nitrate (an explosive fertilizer) build-up with dynamite.… Continue reading Oppau factory explosion

California

Co-inventor of Tetris murders wife, son then kills self

September 21, 1998 Palo Alto, California Software engineer Vladimir Pokhilko murders his wife and son before killing himself Pokhilko, who is credited as "co-inventing the seminal videogame Tetris," had apparently been facing financial difficulties. He bludgeoned and stabbed his wife Elena Fedotova and their son Peter (12) as they slept, then sliced his own throat.… Continue reading Co-inventor of Tetris murders wife, son then kills self

France

Pre-teen murdered by her adoptive parents

September 21, 2013 Galicia, Spain 12-year-old Asunta Basterra is killed by her adoptive parents Asunta was adopted when she was a year old by a wealthy couple: lawyer Rosario Porto Ortega and journalist Alfonso Basterra Camporro. She attended a prestigious school and showed talent in music and ballet, studied Mandarin Chinese, and had an English-language… Continue reading Pre-teen murdered by her adoptive parents

Canada · Kentucky · Michigan · Newspaper clippings · Pennsylvania · Religion

A myriad of short articles of misfortune and mystery

September 21, 1891 Louisville, Kentucky Negaunee, Michigan St. Paul, New Brunswick, Canada Scranton, Pennsylvania * a young woman who appears to be blessed with the stigmata, wounds similar to those Jesus suffered during crucifixion, though a Bishop disregards the claims as "foolishness." * a young girl (age not mentioned) is found in a Michigan mine.… Continue reading A myriad of short articles of misfortune and mystery