May 28, 1977. Southgate, Kentucky. It was the third largest nightclub fire in U.S. history killing 165 and injuring over 200. The Swanky Club, a scant 2 miles from Cincinnati across the Ohio River was in full swing with the tragedy struck. Many serious violations conspired to ensure that the club was inadequately prepared for such a conflagration.
IJune 3, 1998. The Eschede train disaster was the world's deadliest high-speed train accident. near the village of Eschede in the Celle district of Lower Saxony, Germany. 101 dead and approx. 88 injured. A seemingly innocuous crack in one wheel causes a chain of events that lead to the train derailment.
July 17, 1981. Hyatt Regency Hotel, Kansas City, USA. Faulty building design causes fourth story walkway to collapse killing 114 people most of whom were enjoying a tea dance competition on the lobby below. The other casualties were watching from the second to fourth floors.
December 6, 1917. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Fully loaded French Cargo Ship SS Mont Blanc explodes after running into Norwegian SS Imo. The detonation causes massive destruction and obliterates huge swaths of landscape and entire communities while causing a tsumami. 2,000 people were killed and scores more injured.
August 12, 1985. Japan Airline Flight 123. Domestic flight between Tokyo and Osaka. It crashed into two ridges of Mount Takamagahara in Ueno, Gunma Prefecture, 100 kilometers from Tokyo. The crash site was on Osutaka Ridge, near Mount Osutaka. There were 4 survivors out of a total of 524 passengers and crew.
March 3, 1974. Turkish Airline Flight 981. It crashed into the Ermenonville Forest near Fontaine-Chaalis, Oise. The plane was broken up into millions of pieces--the most extensive disintegration of an airplane ever seen at a crash site. There were 346 people on board and only 40 of the bodies were able to be identified by sight—nine were never identified at all.
World's deadliest airline disaster took place on March 27, 1977, in Tenerife, a small island near the Canary Islands. 583 lives were lost due to a freakish series of events that conspired to create the carnage.
Fifty years ago, on December 16, 1960 at 10:33 a.m. EST, on a snowy, gray day in the skies between Staten Island and Brooklyn, NY two commercial airliners tragically collided, killing everyone on board, setting fire to ten apartment buildings, a church, a funeral home, and several businesses, and narrowly missing a nearby high school and secondary school.