History In The Headlines

Category: Disasters

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The London Beer Flood, 200 Years Ago

Two centuries ago, a brewery accident unleashed a deadly tidal wave of beer through a London neighborhood in one of history’s strangest disasters.

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7 Red Cross Facts

On its 150th birthday, get the facts on the International Red Cross.

September 21, 1938 weather map. (Credit: NOAA Central Library Data Imaging Project)

The Killer Hurricane That Surprised the Northeast, 75 Years Ago

The monstrous Hurricane of 1938 killed hundreds as it tore through the Northeast—and no one knew it was coming.

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Blackout: The Worst Power Outages in History

Find out what happened when the lights went out.

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The Superstorm That Flooded America 100 Years Ago

On the 100th anniversary of the Great Flood of 1913, take a look back at the most widespread disaster in American history.

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The Last Time a Meteor Rocked Russia

Last Friday’s meteor blast recalled the memory of an even more powerful space rock explosion over Siberia: the mysterious 1908 Tunguska event.

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

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

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9 Tales of Broken Arrows: Thermonuclear Near Misses Throughout History

Find out about the nuclear weapon that detonated in Albuquerque 55 years ago, as well as eight other “broken arrow” incidents over the decades.

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The Hindenburg Disaster: 9 Surprising Facts

On the 75th anniversary of the Hindenburg disaster, explore nine surprising facts about the massive German airship and its fiery demise.

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Urban Infernos Throughout History

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

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Why Do Hurricanes Have Names?

As Hurricane Irene churns toward the northeastern United States, find out how tropical cyclones came to be assigned people’s names.

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Slideshow: Remembering Chernobyl

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the catastrophe at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, considered the worst disaster of its kind.

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100 Years Ago: The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Find out how newspapers reported on the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, which killed nearly 150 New York City workers and helped expose poor working conditions 100 years ago.