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Hurricane Gilbert slams into Jamaica, killing hundreds of people, on September 12, 1988.

Remembering Those We Lost 18 Years Ago on 9/11

September 8, 1900: “……One of the deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history hits Galveston, Texas….killing more than 6,000 people……”


9/3/2004: A three-day hostage crisis at a Russian school comes to a violent conclusion with the deaths of more than 300 people, many of them kids.



9/2/1666: The Great London Fire

9/2/1666: The Great Fire of London


Lasted 4 days before it was extinguished, destroying 4/5 of London. 
“……The Great Fire of London was a disaster waiting to happen. London of 1666 was a city of medieval houses made mostly of oak timber. Some of the poorer houses had walls covered with tar, which kept out the rain but made the structures more vulnerable to fire. Streets were narrow, houses were crowded together, and the firefighting methods of the day consisted of neighborhood bucket brigades armed with pails of water and primitive hand pumps…..”

9/1/1983: Soviet jet fighters intercept a Korean Airlines passenger flight in Russian airspace and shoot the plane down, killing 269 passengers and crewmembers.


September 1, 2004: An armed gang of Chechen separatist rebels enters a school in southern Russia and takes more than 1,000 people hostage and eventually killing 340 and wounding ~700 more.


“……The rebels demanded the withdrawal of Russian troops from the disputed nearby region of Chechnya. September 1 was the first day of a new school year for millions of students across Russia, a day of celebration in schools that both parents and students traditionally attend. Nearly 340 people, about half of them children, died in the ensuing three-day ordeal. ……700 more were wounded……”

August 29, 2005: Hurricane Katrina makes landfall near New Orleans, Louisiana, as a Category 4 hurricane.

August 28, 1988: At the Ramstein Air Base Air Show in Germany, 3 Italian jets collide in mid-air and fall into the crowd killing 69 injuring hundreds more.

“An air show involving military jets at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany turns tragic on August 28, 1988 when three jets collide in mid-air and fall into the crowd. Sixty-nine of the 100,000 spectators died and hundreds more were        injured………”


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