Disasters · Portugal

Lightning strike armory, destroys most of fort

September 16, 1732 Campo Maior, Portugal Lightning strikes an armory, igniting gunpowder and causing an explosion which kills roughly 1,500 The lightning strike occurred at 3 a.m., hitting the 6,000 arroba (approx. 194,315 lbs. or 88,140 kg) of gunpowder and 5,000 units of ammunition stored within the fort’s armory. The explosion and resulting fires killed… Continue reading Lightning strike armory, destroys most of fort

Disasters · Texas

The deadliest natural disaster in the history of the US

September 8, 1900 Galveston, Texas The deadliest hurricane to strike the United States kills between 6,000 to 12,000 The hurricane was a category 4, reaching winds of 145 mph (230 km/h). Between 6,000 and 12,000 people were killed, though most sources agree on an estimated 8,000. The second deadliest hurricane in US history, Hurricane Maria… Continue reading The deadliest natural disaster in the history of the US

Disasters · Executions · Newspaper clippings

The Illustrated Police News: an execution; man watches as sharks eat the bodies of his wife and children; man kills children, self after losing job; a bee attack leads to death of woman

The Illustrated Police News Published August 27, 1887 The stories in this issue include: * The execution of Israel Lipski, hanged for the murder of a 6-months-pregnant woman named Miriam Angel who was killed by forcing her to drink aqua fortis (nitric acid). Lipski was found under the bed where Angel’s body rested, with acid… Continue reading The Illustrated Police News: an execution; man watches as sharks eat the bodies of his wife and children; man kills children, self after losing job; a bee attack leads to death of woman

Disasters · Florida · Newspaper clippings · Pennsylvania · Vermont

Several cases of misfortune, including a hornet-assisted suicide and two babies burned after brother plays with matches

August 27, 1934 The Evening News (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) runs several stories of misfortune The stories (clippings below) are: Two girls under the age of three died in a barn fire after their older brother (4) ignited hay while playing with matches. A boy (6) watching a steam shovel excavate was killed when the scoop accidentally… Continue reading Several cases of misfortune, including a hornet-assisted suicide and two babies burned after brother plays with matches

Disasters · Newspaper clippings · Pennsylvania

Vintage news: woman accidentally kills husband while trying to save him from dog attack

August 22, 1903 Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania The wife of a man being attacked by a dog attempts to use an axe against the animal, but instead chops into her husband’s leg, severing an artery and killing him The Fort Wayne Sentinel. Aug 22, 1903 Other stories from today: 565: First Nessie Spotting, 1500 years ago (2017)… Continue reading Vintage news: woman accidentally kills husband while trying to save him from dog attack