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…

Child’s body found stuffed under train seat

January 8, 1914 London, England The body of Willie Starchfield (5, pictured) is found stuffed under a train seat Willie’s parents were estranged, and he lived with his mother the majority of the time. On January 8, his mother left for work and placed Willie in the care of their landlady. The landlady sent Willie…

Teen kills self in front of class

January 8, 1991 Richardson, Texas 15-year-old Jeremy Delle kills himself in front of his classmates During his second-period English class, Delle left the room briefly after telling his teacher he needed to retrieve a medical slip from his locker to excuse his tardiness. He returned, stood near the teacher’s desk, said “This is what I…