CATEGORY: Disasters
The Great Molasses Flood of 1919
January 13, 2017

Sugary-sweet molasses turned deadly on January 15, 1919, when a holding tank burst and sent 2.3 million gallons of the sticky liquid sweeping through the streets of Boston. Read More

The Disaster that Deluged Florence’s Cultural Treasures
November 3, 2016

Explore what happened during the 1966 disaster when the Arno River burst its banks in the city of Florence. Read More

New Study Suggests Solar Storm in 1967 Nearly Caused Nuclear War
August 12, 2016

A new study reveals how a powerful solar storm nearly caused the Cold War to erupt into a nuclear struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union. Read More

8 Things You May Not Know About Chernobyl
April 25, 2016

Explore some surprising facts about history’s worst nuclear accident. Read More

Chicago’s Deadliest Day
July 24, 2015

On the centennial of the capsizing of SS Eastland, which claimed 844 lives, look back at the deadliest disaster in Chicago history. Read More

Port Chicago Disaster Stuns the Nation, 70 Years Ago
July 17, 2014

70 years after the worst home front disaster of World War II, learn how an explosion at a California port sparked a Naval mutiny and led to an influential debate on civil rights. Read More

After 168 Years, Potato Famine Mystery Solved
May 21, 2013

After nearly two centuries, scientists have identified the plant pathogen that devastated Ireland, killing 1 million people and triggering a mass emigration. Read More

‘Women and Children First’? On Sinking Ships, It’s Every Man for Himself
August 2, 2012

Despite the chivalry seen aboard Titanic, men usually fare better than women when marine disasters strike. Read More

9 Tales of Broken Arrows: Thermonuclear Near Misses Throughout History
May 22, 2012

Find out about the nuclear weapon that detonated in Albuquerque in May 1957, as well as eight other “broken arrow” incidents over the decades. Read More

Urban Infernos Throughout History
October 7, 2011

Get the facts on the Great Chicago Fire, which took place 140 years ago, and other blazes that decimated cities. Read More