1870 - Great Fire in Nashua.
About half past ten Saturday evening fire was discovered in the belfry of the First Congregational Church in Nashua. The fire could have been put out with a gallon of water at first, but fanned by the wind the whole tower was soon enveloped, and owing to the great altitude of the flames no water could be thrown to any effect. The first story of the church was owned by Mr. Jas. L. Pierce and...
The New Hampshire Patriot -
Concord, New Hampshire -
April 20, 1870
1880 Beaver Falls, Pa., File Works Burned; Loss $400,000 - FIRE IN FILE WORKS
Pittsburg, April 19.- The Western File works at Beaver Falls, Pa., caught fire at 10 o'clock in this morning, and totally destroyed the building, together with its stock and machinery. Loss estimated at $400,000; insurance 125,000. The origin of the fire is not known, but suspected to be a spark from the shovel factory. Over 200 hands are temporarily thrown out of employment.
The Dubuque Herald -
Dubuque, Iowa -
April 20, 1880
1888 - A MAINE VILLAGE WIPED OUT. ALL THE STORES AND THE POST OFFICE DESTROYED BY FIRE.
WINTHROP, Me., April 19 - A disastrous fire occurred in Monmouth Centre this afternoon, destroying every store in the place and causing at least $75,000 damage. Monmouth is a great trading centre for the country around and one of the liveliest villages in Kennebec County. The fire, which originated in the cellar of Edwards & Flaherty's drug and general merchandise store, was discovered at 3:35 P. ...
The New York Times -
New York, New York -
April 20, 1888
1896 - COSTLY BLAZE. Gasoline Explodes and Causes Heavy Losses at Toledo.
Toledo, O., April 20. - By the explosion of a barrel of gasoline in the Dauntless bicycle factory the entire plant was wrecked. The fire was communicated to the Toledo machine and tool works, where many valuable patterns were ruined. Their loss will amount to $40,000, with insurance at $30,000. In the Dauntless factory there was 200 finished wheels and many fittings. A second explosion, supposed...
Evening Bulletin -
Decatur, Illinois -
April 20, 1896
Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg in Webster has one of the world's longest place names. It's been spelled many different ways over the years. Some locals have given up and simply call it Lake Webster.
1914 April 20 - Ludlow Massacre (Colorado Coalfield War (1913–14)): The Colorado National Guard attacks a tent colony of 1,200 striking coal miners in Ludlow, Colorado in the United States, killing 24 people.