Woman survives a free fall of between 800 to 10,000 meters after being pulled from an airplane

January 26, 1972Srbská Kamenice, CzechoslovakiaA airliner carrying 28 people explodes mid-air, leaving only 22-year-old flight attendant Vesna Vulović alive About an hour after the DC-9 airplane took off from Copenhagen to Belgrade, it was broken apart by an explosion. It is believed many of those aboard the aircraft were sucked out of the vessel and…

Oil tanker explodes, kills 50

January 8, 1979Whiddy Island, Bantry Bay, IrelandThe Betelgeuse, an oil tanker, explodes while docked at a jetty, killing 50 The vessel, which was carrying 39 million gallons (147,000 kiloliters) of crude oil was docked at the offshore jetty while performing an oil-removal operation. An eyewitness reported seeing a small fire on the ship around 12:30…

Man with fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva dies of pneumonia, is later displayed to help others understand the condition

November 11, 1973Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaHarry Raymond Eastlack dies of pneumonia Eastlack had a condition called fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP), also referred to as Stone Man Syndrome. FOP is a rare genetic disorder affecting approximately 1 in 2,000,000 births and shows very little evidence at birth aside from a malformation of the great toes. FOP causes the…