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Several packages of deadly sarin gas are set off in the Tokyo subway system killing twelve people and injuring over 5,000.

History Channel


3/18/1937: Nearly 300 students in Texas are killed by an explosion of natural gas at their school

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“…..The Consolidated School of New London, Texas, sat in the middle of a large oil and natural gas field. The area was dominated by 10,000 oil derricks, 11 of which stood right on school grounds. The school was newly built in the 1930s for close to $1 million and, from its inception, bought natural gas from Union Gas to supply its energy needs. The school’s natural gas bill averaged about $300 a month. Eventually, officials at Consolidated School were persuaded to save money by tapping into the wet-gas lines operated by Parade Oil Company that ran near the school. Wet gas is a type of waste gas that is less stable and has more impurities than typical natural gas…..”


3/11/2004: 191 people are killed and nearly 2,000 are injured when 10 bombs explode on four trains in three Madrid-area train stations during a busy morning rush hour.


3/8/1669: Mount Etna begins rumbling and multiple eruptions over the next few weeks kills more than 20,000 people and leaves thousands more homeless.



2/15/1898: A massive explosion of unknown origin sinks the USS Maine in Havana harbor, killing 260 American crew members



The 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern US history


1. The Harvest Music Festival: 58 killed
October 1, 2017
2. Pulse night club: 49 killed
June 12, 2016
3. Virginia Tech: 32 killed
April 16, 2007
4. Sandy Hook: 27 killed
December 14, 2012
5. First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs: 26 killed
November 5, 2017
6. Luby’s Cafeteria: 23 killed
October 16, 1991
7. McDonald’s in San Ysidro: 21 killed
July 18, 1984
8. University of Texas: 18 killed
August 1, 1966
9. High school in Parkland, Florida: At least 17 killed
February 14, 2018
10. San Bernardino: 14 killed
December 2, 2015
10. Edmond, Oklahoma: 14 killed
August 20, 1986





School shootings in the U.S. since Columbine



  • 50 – The number of mass murders or attempted mass murders at a school since Columbine.
  • 141 – People killed in a mass murder or attempted mass murder at a school since Columbine.
  • 73 – The percentage of school shooters with no prior criminal record
  • 96 – The percentage of school shooters = male.
  • 17 – The number of kids aged 15 or younger who have committed or attempted a mass school shooting since Columbine.
  • 81 – The percentage of school shootings where someone had information that the attacker was thinking about or planning the shooting.
  • 68 – The percentage of school shooters who got their guns from relatives or at home.
  • 65 – The number of school shooters and thwarted school shooters who have referenced Columbine as a motivation.
  • 270 – The number of shootings of any kind at a school since Columbine.
  • 1 – The number of shootings per week, on average, on a school or college campus in 2015.
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February 13, 1945: A series of Allied firebombing raids begins against the German city of Dresden, reducing the city to rubble and killing as many as 135,000 people with the bombing and the resulting fires.


1/29/1922: At the Knickerbocker Theatre in Washington, D.C., the accumulated snow on the theater’s roof collapses the building and tons of steel and concrete fell down on top of the theatergoers cusing the deaths of 108 and injuring another 133.

History Channel



Rest in Peace: At 11:38 a.m. EST, on January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and Christa McAuliffe is on her way to becoming the first ordinary U.S. civilian to travel into space.

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