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STAMPEDE KILLS FANS ON THIS DAY IN 1979

A security guard and an unidentified man look at an area where several people were killed as they were caught in a surging crowd entering Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum for a Who concert.
A security guard and an unidentified man check out an area where
several people were killed as they were caught in a surging crowd. 


The general-admission ticketing policy for rock concerts at Cincinnati’s
Riverfront Coliseum in the 1970s was known as “festival seating.” That
term and that ticketing policy would become infamous in the wake of one
of the deadliest rock-concert incidents in history. Eleven people, including
three high-school students, were killed on December 3, 1979, when a crowd
of general-admission ticket-holders to a Cincinnati Who concert surged
forward in an attempt to enter Riverfront Coliseum and secure prime
unreserved seats inside.

Festival seating had already been eliminated at many similar venues in the
United States by 1979, yet the system remained in place at Riverfront
Coliseum despite a dangerous incident at a Led Zeppelin show two years
earlier. That day, 60 would-be concertgoers were arrested, and dozens
more injured, when the crowd outside the venue surged up against the
Coliseum’s locked glass doors.

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Dec. 3, 1979: Cincinnati police officers help people crushed during a performance by the rock group The Who at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati. Eleven fans of the rock band were killed when a thousands-strong crowd stampeded to get into the concert.
Cincinnati police officers help people crushed during a stampede at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati.

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GROUP’S FINAL TOP HIT ON THIS DAY IN 1972

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On December 2, 1972, the Temptations earned the last of their four chart-
topping hits when “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone” reaches #1 on the Billboard
Hot 100
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Over the course of their career, the Temptations placed 38 hit records in
the pop top 40—not just more than any other Motown Records artist, but
more than any American pop group ever.

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TIME TO PUT UP THE CHRISTMAS TREE~1962

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DEADLY SCHOOL FIRE ON THIS DAY IN 1958

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The Our Lady of Angels School was operated by the Sisters of Charity in
Chicago. In 1958, there were well over 1,200 students enrolled at the school,
which occupied a large, old building. Unfortunately, little in the way of fire prevention was done before December 1958. The building did not have any sprinklers and no regular preparatory drills were conducted. When a small
fire broke out in a pile of trash in the basement, it led to disaster on this
day in 1958.

The fire probably began about 2:30 p.m. and, within minutes, teachers on
the first floor smelled it. These teachers led their classes outside, but did
not sound a general alarm. The school’s janitor discovered the fire at 2:42
and shouted for the alarm to be rung. However, he was either not heard or
the alarm system did not operate properly, and the students in classrooms
on the second floor were completely unaware of the rapidly spreading
flames beneath them.

It took only a few more minutes for the fire to reach the second floor where
panic ensued.

When the fire was finally extinguished several hours later, the authorities
found that 90 students and 3 nuns had been killed in the fire.


Panicked parents raced to Our Lady of the Angels from all over
the city, and the police soon had to set up barriers to restrain
the anxious crowd of about 5,000 parents and onlookers.

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Officials inspect a classroom after the 1958 fire at Our Lady of the
Angels School.

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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On this day in 1955, Rosa Parks, a black seamstress in Montgomery,
AL, refused to give up her seat to a white man. Mrs. Parks was
arrested marking a milestone in the civil rights movement in the
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The Cleveland Avenue bus Rosa Parks was riding when she was arrested.
(Henry Ford Museum)

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Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005)

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