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

Crime Scene Photography · New York

Stampede caused by counterfeit ferry tickets leaves 3 dead and 60 injured

August 18, 1941 New York The bodies of 2 women are covered after a stampede caused by counterfeit ferry tickets The ferry meant to shuttle the patrons across the Hudson River was only capable of carrying 3,100 people. However, after admitting 1,400 on board it was discovered that nearly 5,000 awaited the journey. Thousands of… Continue reading Stampede caused by counterfeit ferry tickets leaves 3 dead and 60 injured

Disasters · Illinois

Ship capsized while docked, kills 844

July 24, 1915 Chicago, Illinois The S.S. Eastland capsizes while docked, killing 844 passengers and crew The ship had recently complied to the Seamen's Act which, following the disaster of the Titanic three years before, required passenger vehicles to increase their number of lifeboats. This caused the ship, which was already top-heavy, to become severely… Continue reading Ship capsized while docked, kills 844

Connecticut · Disasters

Circus tent catches fire, kills 168 and wounds 700

July 6, 1944 Hartford, Connecticut A fire ignites a circus tent, killing an estimated 168 and wounding over 700 The exact cause of the fire is unknown. One theory suspects a carelessly discarded cigarette, while another involves Robert Segee who admitted in 1950 to setting the blaze when he was 17. He later recanted this… Continue reading Circus tent catches fire, kills 168 and wounds 700