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

History Channel

“……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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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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7/6/1944: In Hartford, Connecticut, a fire breaks out under the big top of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey Circus, killing 167 people and injuring 682.

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The 1918 Pandemic: Origin, pathology, and the virus itself

Unanswered questions about the 1918 influenza pandemic: origin, pathology, and the virus itself

Oxford, John S et al.
The Lancet Infectious Diseases, 2018

  • “…Studies of the resurrected 1918 virus showed it to be somewhat more virulent than contemporary H1N1 epidemic viruses in animal models, but not enough to be the sole factor in the high mortality rates…..”
  • “…A cytokine storm, together with previous immune history, were important factors in explaining both enhanced pathology and protection from death….”

 


6/30/1900: 4 German ships burn at the Hoboken docks in New Jersey, killing more than 300

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6/29/1995: The Sampoong department store in Seoul, South Korea collapses, killing more than 500 people.

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6/21/1990: A 7.7M earthquake near the Caspian Sea in Iran kills more than 50,000 and injures another 135,000 people

History Channel

World History Project

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6/15/1904: More than 1,000 people taking a pleasure trip on New York City’s East River are drowned or burned to death when a fire sweeps through the General Slocum steamboat.

History Channel

 


Chernobyl: In villages as much as 140 miles from the Chernobyl nuclear plant, radioactivity readings in milk are up to five times the Ukranian government’s official limit for adults, and more than 12 times the limit for children.

NY Times

 


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