Disasters · International/Multi-national

The sinking of the Titanic

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

Newspaper clippings · School Violence · Utah

Several boys imitating Western star shoot teacher in foot during school festival

April 12, 1919 Ogden, Utah A group of boys at a school festival fire guns at the feet of spectators, wounding a teacher The boys reportedly had asked permission to fire their guns, though miscommunication between the students and school authorities led to live rounds being used. The judge presiding over the trial blamed silent-era… Continue reading Several boys imitating Western star shoot teacher in foot during school festival

Georgia

Fatal bus crash kills 3 children, injures 3 more

March 28, 2000 Tennga, Georgia A bus, whose driver ignored the laws regarding train crossings, is hit by a CSX freight train Three children were killed either instantaneously or as a result of their injuries, and three others (including the driver's daughter) were critically injured. Only one child aboard the bus was able to walk… Continue reading Fatal bus crash kills 3 children, injures 3 more

Illinois · Newspaper clippings

Child fatally shoots mother after she encourages gun owner to let the child see his gun

From The Akron Beacon Journal (Akron, Ohio) and Chicago Daily Tribune Published January 9, 1931 A 6-year-old wanting to see a gun is denied by the gun's owner. The child's mother persuades the gun owner to let him anyway, saying "there's no harm in it," shortly before the child fatally shoots the mother. From The… Continue reading Child fatally shoots mother after she encourages gun owner to let the child see his gun