Global & Disaster Medicine

Archive for the ‘Historical’ Category

7/25/2000: An Air France Concorde jet crashes upon takeoff in Paris on this day in 2000, killing 105 onboard as well as 4 on the ground.


7/24/1915: The steamer Eastland overturns in the Chicago River, drowning between 800 and 850 passengers


7/23/1967: The Detroit Riots begin (after five days, 43 people were dead, 342 people were seriously injured and nearly 1,400 buildings had been burned or ransacked).


London Bridge attacks (2017): Unseen footage from the scene shown at the end of the 8-week inquest.

The London Bridge attack claimed eight innocent lives in 2017.

“For the first time, the BBC can show footage of the moment unarmed officers and members of the public came face to face with the three London Bridge attackers.

The footage was filmed by Paul Clarke, a member of the public who was at the scene of the attack.

Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane, and Youssef Zaghba ploughed into pedestrians on the bridge before stabbing people at Borough Market. They killed eight people before they were shot dead by firearms officers.

This video was shown at both the inquest into the victims’ deaths, and the inquest into the attackers’ deaths which concluded that the three attackers were lawfully killed by the police.

The BBC’s Home Affairs correspondent Daniel Sandford reports.”

  • 16 Jul 2019


BBC: Chaos and killings: 10 minutes at London Bridge



Three previous Ebola outbreaks have demonstrated how a response can succeed — or how, in an atmosphere of suspicion, it can go badly wrong.


The Mbandaka outbreak: “The outbreak just before the current one ushered in a new era in the war against Ebola: a new Merck vaccine stopped the outbreak in just three months, after only 33 deaths……”

The West African outbreak: “History’s worst Ebola outbreak was the one that began in West Africa in late 2013 and whose last flare-ups were not snuffed out until early 2016. The outbreak infected over 28,000 people and killed over 11,000……”

The outbreak named ‘Ebola’:   The 1976 outbreak that gave the virus its name also created the air of otherworldly terror that surrounds it. Most of the 318 cases and 280 deaths were in Yambuku, in the north of what was then Zaire…..”

7/22/1916: A Preparedness Day parade held in San Francisco to celebrate United States’ entrance into World War I, is disrupted by the explosion of a suitcase bomb, which kills 10 bystanders and wounds 40 more.


7/21/365: a powerful earthquake off the coast of Greece causes a tsunami that devastates the city of Alexandria, Egypt and the surrounding area killing 50000, destroying 50,000 buildings, and poisoning the fertile land with salt water for decades.


7/20/2019: James Holmes started a mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, a Denver suburb, killing 12 and injuring at least 70 others.


7/18/1984: James Oliver Huberty opens fire in a crowded McDonald’s restaurant in San Ysidro, California, killing 21 people and wounding 19 others with several automatic weapons.





7/18/64: The great fire of Rome breaks out and destroys much of the city



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