Global & Disaster Medicine

Archive for the ‘Historical Event’ Category

4/18/1983: The U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, is almost completely destroyed by a car-bomb explosion that kills 63 people, including the suicide bomber and 17 Americans.


4/18/1906: At 5:13 a.m., an earthquake estimated at close to 8.0 on the Richter scale strikes San Francisco, California, and killed an estimated 3,000 people, destroyed some 30 000 buildings and created 20 000 refugees



Texas City, Texas, 4/16/1947: Nearly 600 people lost their lives and thousands were injured when the fertilizer-laden Grandcamp exploded


4/15/2013: two bombs go off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three spectators and wounding more than 260 others



4/15/1912: The RMS Titanic sinks into the icy waters of the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg, killing 1,517 people.


April 14, 1912: RMS Titanic hits iceberg


Black Monday, 4/13/1360: During the Hundred Years’ War, a hail storm kills an estimated 1,000 English soldiers in Chartres, France.


“a foul day, full of myst and hayle, so that men dyed on horseback [sic].”

It took just half an hour for the storm to kill over 1,000 Englishmen and some 6,000 horses.


The Scottish island of Gruinard (Anthrax Island): The Island of Death.

The Scotsman

“….Over the summer of 1942 and 1943, sheep were placed in open pens and then exposed to bombs, dropped from a Vickers Wellington bomber plane, that scattered anthrax spores across the land. The power of anthrax became quickly clear when the sheep started dying after three days with its potential to cause mass destruction summed up in the report of the tests……”

3/29/1982: The combination of an earthquake and a volcanic eruption at El Chichon in southern Mexico converts a hill into a crater, kills thousands of people and destroys acres of farmland


3/27/1964: The strongest earthquake in American history (M9.2) rocks southern Alaska, creating a deadly tsunami and resulting in the deaths of about 131 people and injuring thousands.


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