International/Multi-national · Political

Two men killed, war nearly started after tree trimmed

August 18, 1976 Korean Demilitarized Zone, Korean Peninsula A group of Korean Service Corps personnel from South Korea and a United Nations Command team are attacked by North Korean soldiers after attempting to trim a poplar tree The tree was obscuring the view between a UNC checkpoint and one of its observation posts. A team… Continue reading Two men killed, war nearly started after tree trimmed

International/Multi-national

The sinking of the USS Indianapolis

July 30, 1945 Pacific Ocean The USS Indianapolis is torpedoed by a Japanese submarine; the survivors endure four days of shark attacks and other perils After the Indianapolis was torpedoed, approximately 300 of the ship’s 1,196 crew went down with her. The remaining survivors endured exposure, dehydration, saltwater poisoning, and shark attacks. Only 321 survived… Continue reading The sinking of the USS Indianapolis

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Man falls to his death from Niagara Falls after being stranded for 18 hours

July 17, 1853 Niagara Falls Joseph Avery plummets over the Falls after an 18-hour-log battle against the current The day before, Avery and two others had been on a boat when the Niagara River's strong current seized the boat. The two others were immediately swept from the boat and over the falls to their deaths,… Continue reading Man falls to his death from Niagara Falls after being stranded for 18 hours

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Amelia Earhart’s disappearance

July 2, 1937 Pacific Ocean Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappear Due to neither person nor their plane being found, the disappearance has become a mystery with new evidence and hypotheses coming forward every so often. This includes a forensic anthropology report published in 2018 which claims with 99% certainty the skeletal remains… Continue reading Amelia Earhart’s disappearance

Disasters · International/Multi-national

Two men attempting to climb Everest fall to their deaths; one leaves behind a mummy

June 8, 1924 International border between Nepal and China George Herbert Leigh Mallory and companion Andrew "Sandy" Comyn Irvine die while scaling Mount Everest Mallory and Irvine were last seen about 800 vertical feet from the summit on June 8, 1924 before disappearing without a trace. It's suspected the men died either in the evening… Continue reading Two men attempting to climb Everest fall to their deaths; one leaves behind a mummy