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December 12, 2012: The sixth anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School (28 people dead and 2 injured). :  Timeline

12/8/1881: A fire at the Ring Theater in Vienna, Austria, kills at least 620 people and injures hundreds more


  • The theater’s iron fire curtain was not lowered
  • Available water hoses were not used immediately.
  • The stage managers panicked and shut off the gas totally, cutting off light in the theater.
  • The balconies became clogged as the exits jammed.
  • A fire brigade brought ladders, but they were too short to reach even the first balcony.
  • Some people jumped from the balconies, not only killing themselves but also crushing people on the ground floor.

December 7, 1941: 2,400 Americans killed and 1,200 wounded

12/7/1988: Two earthquakes hit Armenia on this day in 1988, killing 60,000 people and destroying nearly half a million buildings.


Locator Map for Armenia

12/6/1906: The worst mine disaster in U.S. history


“…..In West Virginia’s Marion County, an explosion in a network of mines owned by the Fairmont Coal Company in Monongah kills 361 coal miners. It was the worst mining disaster in American history……”

12/6/1917: Imo, a Belgian steamer and Mont Blanc, a French freighter, both loaded with WWI ammunition, collide and explode in Canada’s Halifax Harbor, leveling part of the town and killing nearly 1,600 and injuring approximately 8,000.




12/5/1876: A fire at the Brooklyn Theater in New York kills nearly 300 people and injures hundreds more



12/4/2012: Bopha, a Category 5 typhoon nicknamed “Pablo,” struck the Philippines and the flood waters destroyed entire villages and killed over 1000 people


12/1/1958: A fire at Our Lady of Angels School in Chicago kills 90 students and 3 nuns.




11/18/1987: A fire in King’s Cross underground station kills 30 commuters and injures scores of others.



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