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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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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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Sights and sounds of this day in 2001, when America suffered the worst terrorist attack on its soil.

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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The world’s worst nuclear disaster to date occurred at Chernobyl, in Kiev
on this day in 1986.. Thirty-one people died in the incident and thousands
more were exposed to radioactive material.

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