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Norway’s Titanic: the “Scandinavian Star” disaster.

Twenty-four years ago today, on April 7, 1990, a fire broke out aboard a passenger ferry called the M/S Scandinavian Star which was then traveling through the Skagerrak, the strait that separates … Continue reading

April 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

The autumn of our discontent: the first months of the Great Depression.

This is the eighth and final article in my 1920s Week series. It’s an axiom in history books that the Great Depression began with the catastrophic stock market crash in … Continue reading

March 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

Fire in the dark: the astonishing story of the Courrières mine disaster.

One hundred and eight years ago today, on March 10, 1906, an explosion and fire occurred deep underground in a coal mine owned by the Courrières mining company underneath the village … Continue reading

March 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Ankara falling: the Ermenonville air disaster.

Today is the 40th anniversary of the crash of Turkish Airlines Flight 981, one of the most tragic air disasters in aviation history. On March 3, 1974, the fully-loaded DC-10, … Continue reading

March 3, 2014 · 1 Comment

The price of the Moon: the tragic Apollo 1 fire.

For 17 terrifying seconds on the evening of January 27, 1967, forty-seven years ago today, a flash fire blasted through the sealed cockpit of the Apollo 1 spacecraft as it … Continue reading

January 27, 2014 · 2 Comments

The fire off Whiddy Island: the Betelgeuse disaster.

The waters off Whiddy Island, a 3-mile long strip of green nestled in Bantry Bay in the county of Cork, Ireland, are deep and calm. The surrounding area is sparsely-populated, … Continue reading

January 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

The nightmare after Christmas: the great Richmond theater fire of 1811.

Two hundred and two years tonight, on December 26, 1811, about 600 people settled in to their seats at the old Richmond Theater on Broad Street to watch a double … Continue reading

December 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Destroying Hawaii to save it: the Honolulu plague fire of 1900.

A small group of islands with a large, densely-packed population, and which is a crossroads for international travel, is at very high risk of catastrophic disease. Hawaii is such a … Continue reading

December 6, 2013 · 2 Comments

Zulu’s last voyage: the incredible story of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961.

“Zulu” was the nickname of a Boeing 757-260ER, serial number 23916, that flew for Ethiopian Airlines. Zulu’s last voyage occurred 17 years ago today, on November 23, 1996, and involves … Continue reading

November 23, 2013 · 3 Comments

The unlucky sister: the fate of HMHS Britannic.

Everyone knows about the Titanic, one of the most famous shipwrecks in history. Fewer people know about her very unlucky sister ship, the Britannic, who also sank in a tragic disaster while … Continue reading

November 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

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