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…

Children eager for toys stampede at theater, causing 183 deaths

June 16, 1883 Sunderland, England Children push passed and over each other to get free toys, killing 183 children between 3 and 14 The children had attended a variety show advertising itself as “the greatest treat for children ever given” and featuring “conjuring, talking waxworks, living marionettes, the great ghost illusion, &c.” for the price…