The origins of the ghost which supposedly haunts Eastern Illinois University’s Pemberton Hall

October 30, 1918Kankakee, IllinoisMary Hawkins dies in an asylum; she is later said to haunt Easter Illinois University’s Pemberton Hall One stormy night in January 1916, while the rest of the students and faculty were at home for the holidays, Eastern Illinois University’s Pemberton Hall had three lonely occupants. One — a young woman named…

The first of 20 people die from the Donora Smog

October 30, 1948Donora, PennsylvaniaThe first of 20 victims of the Donora smog dies An ominous thick, yellow cloud descended on the town of Donora on October 27, 1948. The mist was comprised of a lethal mixture of carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and metal dust from the nearby zinc plant and steel mill, and was trapped…