Disasters · Florida · Newspaper clippings · Pennsylvania · Vermont

Several cases of misfortune, including a hornet-assisted suicide and two babies burned after brother plays with matches

August 27, 1934 The Evening News (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) runs several stories of misfortune The stories (clippings below) are: Two girls under the age of three died in a barn fire after their older brother (4) ignited hay while playing with matches. A boy (6) watching a steam shovel excavate was killed when the scoop accidentally… Continue reading Several cases of misfortune, including a hornet-assisted suicide and two babies burned after brother plays with matches

Disasters · Newspaper clippings · Pennsylvania

Vintage news: woman accidentally kills husband while trying to save him from dog attack

August 22, 1903 Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania The wife of a man being attacked by a dog attempts to use an axe against the animal, but instead chops into her husband’s leg, severing an artery and killing him The Fort Wayne Sentinel. Aug 22, 1903 Other stories from today: 565: First Nessie Spotting, 1500 years ago (2017)… Continue reading Vintage news: woman accidentally kills husband while trying to save him from dog attack

Georgia · Newspaper clippings

Innocent man lynched for the murder of a young teen

August 17, 1915 Marietta, Georgia Convicted murderer and rapist Leo Frank is forcibly removed from his cell and lynched 13-year-old Mary Phagan had left school at the age of 10 to work in factories to help support her widowed mother and five siblings. She earned an income of $0.10 an hour, working 55 hours a… Continue reading Innocent man lynched for the murder of a young teen

Disasters · England · Newspaper clippings

First motor vehicle causality, killed by car speeding at a “reckless pace” of 4 mph

August 17, 1896 Croydon, Surrey, England Bridget Driscoll becomes the world's first motor vehicle casualty Driscoll (44) was walking with two companions — her teenage daughter and a friend — when driver Arthur James Edsall drove towards the group at "a reckless pace, in fact, like a fire engine". (According to a mechanic, the car's… Continue reading First motor vehicle causality, killed by car speeding at a “reckless pace” of 4 mph

Illinois · Newspaper clippings

Teenager steals car, accidentally kills man after hitting man’s car

August 15, 1958 Chicago, Illinois A 14-year-old accidentally kills a man after stealing a car The teen had come across an empty vehicle and impulsively stole it for a joyride. The boy, James L. Moore, struck another vehicle belonging to Sebastian Wiedemer. When Wiedemer exited his car to assess the damage, Moore reversed the stolen… Continue reading Teenager steals car, accidentally kills man after hitting man’s car