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5 Fires That Shaped Modern London

NY Times

  • Nov. 30, 1936: A Palace Destroyed
  • Dec. 29, 1940: The Blitz
  • Aug. 16, 1980: Arson at an Illegal Soho Bar
  • Nov. 18, 1987: An Underground Blaze, Then Stricter Rules
  • July 3, 2009: Local Council Blamed in Tower Blaze


June 15, 1904: More than 1,000 people died when fire erupted aboard the steamboat General Slocum in New York City’s East River.

Remembering Orlando’s Pulse: On June 12, 2016, the Pulse nightclub in Orlando was the scene of a mass shooting where 49 people were killed.

NY Times 360:

In this 360° video, see and hear from some of the people who visited the site and memorialized the victims.



6/12/16: A mass shooting during a Latin-theme dance night at Pulse, a popular gay bar in Orlando, Fla., left 49 people dead, more than 50 injured and the city — particularly its L.G.B.T. and Latino communities — shaken.

NY Times

Washington Post



June 4, 1989: Chinese army troops stormed Tiananmen Square in Beijing to crush the pro-democracy movement; hundreds – possibly thousands – of people died.

May 31, 1889: More than 2,000 people perished when a dam break sent water rushing through Johnstown, Pa.

On the afternoon of May 7, 1915, the British ocean liner Lusitania is torpedoed without warning by a German submarine off the south coast of Ireland. Within 20 minutes, the vessel sank into the Celtic Sea. Of 1,959 passengers and crew, 1,198 people were drowned, including 128 Americans.

5/7/1902: Martinique’s Mount Pele begins the deadliest volcanic eruption of the 20th century.

May 6, 1937: The hydrogen-filled German dirigible Hindenburg burned and crashed in Lakehurst, N.J., killing 36 of the 97 people on board.

4/18/1906: At 5:13 a.m., an earthquake estimated at close to 8.0 on the Richter scale strikes San Francisco, California, killing thousands of people and destroying large segments of the city.

History Channel



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