Disasters · Massachusetts

Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire

November 28, 1942 Boston, Massachusetts A fire overtakes the Cocoanut Grove nightclub, killing 492 The club was packed beyond capacity, which was authorized to house 460 people at most. At some point during the night, a young man unscrewed a lightbulb in a corner of the nightclub to kiss his date with some privacy. A… Continue reading Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire

Disasters · Egypt

Train hits school bus, killing 50+

November 17, 2012 Manfalut, Egypt A train hits a school bus carrying approximately 70 children, killing at least 50 as well as the driver and wounding 17 The incident occurred due to a crossing worker allegedly being asleep when the bus approached the crossing, leading to the crossing barricades not being lowered. Additionally, police did… Continue reading Train hits school bus, killing 50+

Columbia · Disasters

Teen dies after being trapped in volcanic slurry for 2 and a half days

November 16, 1985 Armero, Tolima, Colombia Omayra Sánchez (15) dies of gangrene and/or hypothermia 60 hours after being buried by a lahar (a mudslide of volcanic ash, water, and debris) Omayra and her family had been awake at the time the lahar, concerned about the eruption and ashfall. When the lahar hit the home, Omayra… Continue reading Teen dies after being trapped in volcanic slurry for 2 and a half days