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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

 


6/11/1955: a racing car in Le Mans, France, goes out of control and crashes into stands filled with spectators, killing 82

History Channel

 


Orlando, its police department, and 31 officers are being sued by Pulse survivors and the families of the dead.

NY Daily News

“The federal lawsuit…..claims Orlando police officer Adam Gluber, acting as club security, failed to prevent Omar Mateen from entering the club on June 12, 2016 with an assault-style rifle, killing 49 people.

Another 30 unnamed officers are accused of poorly responding, not charging after Mateen sooner and holding fleeing patrons against their will…..”

 

 


New research: The number of excess deaths related to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico is more than 70 times the official estimate

NEJM

“…..Using a representative, stratified sample, we surveyed 3299 randomly chosen households across Puerto Rico to produce an independent estimate of all-cause mortality after the hurricane. Respondents were asked about displacement, infrastructure loss, and causes of death. We calculated excess deaths by comparing our estimated post-hurricane mortality rate with official rates for the same period in 2016…..

From the survey data, we estimated a mortality rate of 14.3 deaths (95% confidence interval [CI], 9.8 to 18.9) per 1000 persons from September 20 through December 31, 2017. This rate yielded a total of 4645 excess deaths during this period (95% CI, 793 to 8498), equivalent to a 62% increase in the mortality rate as compared with the same period in 2016. However, this number is likely to be an underestimate because of survivor bias. The mortality rate remained high through the end of December 2017, and one third of the deaths were attributed to delayed or interrupted health care…..”

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More than 100 people are feared dead after a Boeing 737 airliner crashed and burned after takeoff from Havana, Cuba.

NY Post


19 students were attacked by knife-wielding slasher in China, among them 9 dead so far

Daily Mail

 


4/13/1919: In Amritsar, India’s holy city of the Sikh religion, British and Gurkha troops massacre at least 379 unarmed demonstrators

History Channel

 


The 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern US history

CNN

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

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The Las Vegas Massacre

https://nyti.ms/2zrS80q

https://nyti.ms/2gX5Nps

Las Vegas Gunman Took Elaborate Steps to Hide His Tracks

 


Puerto Rico: 472 more people died this September compared with the same month last year.

NY Times

“…..On Wednesday, Puerto Rico officials, facing increasing questions about the accuracy of the official death toll from the storm, acknowledged for the first time that 472 more people died this September compared with the same month last year. The storm made landfall on Sept. 20. The government’s official death toll is 55.

The numbers confirmed what had been speculated for weeks: After the waters receded and the roads were cleared, people here continued to die at rates far beyond normal.

As temperatures frequently rose above 90 degrees, the lack of power in nursing homes, private houses and hospitals hit the elderly particularly hard. Soaring temperatures accelerated the deaths of people who were already seriously ill. Ambulances could not arrive, medicines ran out and oxygen tanks that ran on electricity were useless, several funeral directors said….”


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