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GREAT EARTHQUAKE ON THIS DAY IN 1906

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At 5:13 a.m., an earthquake estimated at close to 8.0 on the
Richter scale hit San Francisco, CA, killing an estimated 3,000
people as it toppled numerous buildings. The quake was caused
by a slip of the San Andreas Fault over a segment about 275
miles long, and shock waves could be felt from southern
Oregon down to Los Angeles.

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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Astronomy - Astronauts: January 27, 1967 newspaper story of tragic Apollo 1 flash fire accident on Launchpad Complex… | Apollo 1, Apollo space program, Nasa history

After the fire. The Command Module of Apollo 1 that took the lives of astronauts Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Edward H. Whi… | Apollo 1, Nasa history, Apollo space program

Burned out interior of Apollo 1 capsule.
Apollo 1 capsule after the tragic fire which killed three astronauts.

This Week in History: TIME Magazine on the Apollo 1 Tragedy | Time

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GARIFUNA IN NEW YORK RALLY FOR HURRICANE KATRINA VICTIMS IN THE SOUTH

The Times-Picayune's Hurricane Katrina coverage among top ten works of journalism the past decade | Historical newspaper, Historical news, Vintage newspaper

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Photos: Looking back on the destruction of Hurricane Katrina | National | napavalleyregister.com

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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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THE SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE OF 1989

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An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter Scale hit the San
Francisco Bay  area in
California
. The quake caused about 67
deaths, 3,000 injuries, and
 
damages up to $7 billion.     


     

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