April 15, 1912 North Atlantic Ocean The RMS Titanic sinks, taking the lives of more than 1,500 people The Titanic struck an iceberg during the late hours of April 14. The reasons why the accident occurred — including the ship’s crew ignoring warnings of sea ice from other vessels and failing to see the fateful… Continue reading The sinking of the Titanic
April 8, 1916 Corona, California Racer Bob Burman crashes his car, killing himself and two others and wounding 5 Burman had been racing at an estimated 100 mph when his left rear tire exploded and sent the car into a telegraph pole, a crowd of spectators, and over a car parked near the track —… Continue reading Fatal car crash of Bob Burman
April 7, 1906 Italy Mount Vesuvius erupts, killing more than 100 people Though the volcano is most notorious for its impact on Pompeii, this eruption produced the most amount of lava in the volcano’s history. Because of the eruption, the Italian government was forced to allow the 1908 Summer Olympics to be relocated to London.
March 25, 1990 Bronx, New York 87 people die and 6 are injured in a fire set intentionally by a jealous ex-boyfriend at an illegally-operating night club Happy Land had been ordered to close in 1988 due to a lack of sufficient sprinklers and fire exits. Additionally, the club had blocked the few fire exits… Continue reading Happy Land Social Club Fire, set by man angry at his ex, kills 87
March 25, 1911 New York, New York A fire breaks out in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, killing 146 and injuring 71 The fire was determined not to have been set intentionally despite the "moral hazard" the factory demonstrated; shirtwaists, a type of women's blouse, had fallen out of fashion, insurance policies had been taken out… Continue reading Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire