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8/17/1999: More than 17,000 people are killed with damages totaling $6.5 billion in a 7.4M earthquake in Turkey

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8/13/1878: Kate Bionda, a restaurant owner, becomes first to die of yellow fever in Memphis, Tennessee (pop. 50,000)

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“……An average of 200 people died every day through September. There were corpses everywhere and near continual ringing of funeral bells. Half of the city’s doctors died.

The epidemic ended with the first frost in October…..”

Memphis, Tennessee

The image was taken by the Expedition 41 crew.

 


8/7/1998: A massive truck bomb explodes outside the U.S. embassy in Nairobi, Kenya and another truck bomb is detonated outside the U.S. embassy in Dar es Salaam, the capital of neighboring Tanzania. The dual terrorist attacks killed 224 people, including 12 Americans, and wounded more than 4,500.

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8/5/1948: A 6.7M earthquake hits Ecuador killing 6,000 people and injuring another 20,000.

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7/24/1915: The steamer Eastland overturns in the Chicago River, drowning between 800 and 850 of its passengers who were heading to a picnic.

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7/22/1916: In San Francisco, a bomb at a Preparedness Day parade on Market Street kills 10 people and wounds 40.

History


7/20/2012: A mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, CO that killed 12 and wounded 70 others.

History

“……On this day in 2012, gunman James Holmes started a mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, a Denver suburb, killing 12 people—the youngest a 6-year-old girl—and injuring at least 70 others.

The Aurora shooting took place shortly after the start of a crowded midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises, which opened across the United States that day. It was the deadliest mass shooting in Colorado since the 1999 Columbine shooting…..”


7/18/64: Did Nero fiddle while Rome burned?

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“……Three of Rome’s 14 districts were completely wiped out; only four were untouched by the tremendous conflagration. Hundreds of people died in the fire and many thousands were left homeless.….”

 


7/18/1984: An active shooter situation develops in a crowded McDonald’s restaurant in San Ysidro, California, killing 21 and wounding 19 others

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99JnMxyvL-E

 


July 7, 2005: Suicide bombs are detonated in 3 crowded London subways and 1 bus during the peak of the city’s rush hour, killing 56 and injuring another 700.

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