Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Greenerpasture Daily News - May 23

Rockland, Maine, USA

1853 - Destructive Fire at Rockland. FIFTY THREE BUILDINGS DESTROYED.
We learn from Capt. LAMBERT of HODGMAN & Co's. Express, and MR. MITCHELL of LIBBEY'S Express, who came up yesterday in the Penobscot, that a fire broke out in Rockland on Sunday morning at 2 o'clock, in the store of SAM'L. PILLSBURY, which proved very destructive and must be severely felt as it burnt out almost the entire portion of the business part of the town destroying fifty-three buildings... Read MORE...

Bangor Daily Whig And Courier -  Bangor, Maine -  May 23, 1853
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Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA

1882 - Traveled in a Box
A Young Man's Trip from Chippewa Falls to Montreal.

Montreal Star: There arrived at the Hochelaga Depot this morning enroute for Sorel, a queer looking box about six feet long, two wide, and sixteen inches high, fitted with rude handles at each end. In it lay a stout, able-bodied young man, 22 years of age, who had traveled in that cramped position all the way from Chippewa Falls, Wis., having ... Read MORE...

Oshkosh Daily Northwestern -  Oshkosh, Wisconsin -  May 23, 1882
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Beloeil, Verchères, Québec, Canada (St-Mathieu-de-Beloeil)

1888  A Farm Sinks Into the Earth

MONTREAL, May 22. - A report comes from Beloeil that 15 acres belonging to a farmer named Roberts, and which was ploughed and ready for sowing, has sunk a distance of 40 feet.

Patriot -  Pennsylvania -  May 23, 1888
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Hartford, Connecticut, USA

1892 - FACTORY EXPLOSION.
Hartford, Conn., May 23. - At 4:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon the factory of the AEtna Pyrotechnic company, in Mechanic street, blew up with a tremendous noise, which shook the city and was heard some miles in the country. The contents of the buildings flew high in the air, and papers drifted off a mile or so from the scene. Four dead bodies were taken from the ruins:
JOHN L. B. SHIPLEY, a... Read MORE...

Davenport Daily Leader -  Iowa -  May 23, 1892
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Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA

1895 - HORSE SCARED BY THE ELEPHANTS. RUNAWAY IN FORT WAYNE WHICH CAUSED INJURIES TO MANY PERSONS INCIDENT TO A CIRCUS PARADE.
Fort Wayne, May 22. - A serious runaway accident occurred here this morning during the Ringling Brothers' circus parade. About twenty persons, mostly women and children, were injured and two will die.

Those most seriously hurt are:
JESSE DEVAUX, back sprained and possibly broken.
MRS. ALFRED DEVAUX, bruised, stunned, and injured internally.
MRS. JOHN KRAMER, leg injured.
MISS KATE LAMAY,... Read MORE...

The New York Times -  New York, New York -  May 23, 1895
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Andover, Massachusetts, USA

1906 - STUDENTS IN DISGRACE - Handle Innkeeper Roughly and Trouble is Brewing.
Andover, Mass. May 23. - Between 15 and 20 boys, students at the Phillips-Andover academy, will be expelled from school, it is announced, because of their participation in a scheme which resulted in John M. Stewart, the proprietor of the Phillips Inn, being roughly used and thrown into Rabbit pond. This action was taken because the boys believed that Stewart had reported one of their number to... Read MORE...

Youngstown Vindicator -  Youngstown, Ohio -  May 23, 1906
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San Mateo, California, USA

1907 - Autoist Is Killed By A San Jose Train
The train that leaves San Jose for San Francisco at 4:10 p. m. killed A. H. WHITNEY, a mile south of San Mateo about five o'clock last evening. The victim was crossing the track in an automobile which was struck by the train. He was terribly mangled his head being severed.

AUTO ON FIRE
An account of the accident is given in the following dispatch from San Mateo:

A. H. WHITMAN [sic],... Read MORE...

The Evening News -  San Jose, California -  May 23, 1907
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Wichita, Kansas, USA

1923 - Tornado
Wichita., Kan., May 23. - . . . When the storm struck Wichita three persons were seriously injured and a dozen bruised. . . .
Mrs. Charles Minor, 70, who lived in a small frame building near here, was not expected to live as a result of injuries she received when here home was struck by the storm. With her husband she was rescued from the twisted wreckage by neighbors. Parts of their home were... Read MORE...

The Chillicothe Constitution Tribune -  Chillicothe, Missouri -  May 23, 1923
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville)

1927 - Andrew de Giorgis Slips from Sewer Pipe While Trying to Cross Housatonic River on It.
Pittsfield, May 22.— Andrew de Giorgis, 42, of 3 Naples avenue, was drowned in the east branch of the Housatonic river near the Newell-street bridge early this morning. The police have evidence that he had attended a party where drinks were served and fell from the cement covering of a sewer pipe which crosses the river at that point. According to the story told the police by Angelo Pianello, 45, ... Read MORE...

Springfield Republican -  Springfield, Massachusetts -  May 23, 1927
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Carbondale, Pennsylvania, USA

1942 - Flood
In Tioga County, to the north, swiftly-moving waters inundated cellars and homes in Wellsboro.

Weissport, Carbon County, reported 10 feet of water in the streets covering houses to the second floor. Railroad traffic along the Lehigh was halted and only a few highways were open.

Six freight trains were stopped by a washout at Clark's Summit near Scranton. More than 250 persons were removed... Read MORE...

Clearfield Progress -  Clearfield, Pennsylvania -  May 23, 1942
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1904  Geo. H. Cardiff of Butte, Cal., will bring his automobile with him when he comes to Santa Cruz this summer.


Evening Sentinel
Santa Cruz, California

1939  May 23 - Submarine Squalis sank off Portsmouth NH, 26 die

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Greenerpasture Daily News - May 22

1880  Ladies who wear sealskin sacques are very liable to not wear them,

for in Belgium rabbit skins are successfully prepared to resemble sealskin, and thousands of rabbits are annually killed in England whose pelts go to Belgium, and leave that country as genuine sealskins.

St Joseph Herald -  Saint Joseph, Michigan -  May 22, 1880
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1881 - The American Red Cross is established by Clara Barton.
THE RED CROSS SOCIETY
At a meeting this evening, largely attended by prominent citizens and those actively interested in beneficent organizations, a constitution was adopted as a basis of an organization to be known as the Red Cross Society. Judge Wm. Lawrence presided. Mrs. Clara Barton, prominently identified with sanitary and hospital work during the civil war, and conspicuous during the... Read MORE...

Lawrence Daily Journal -  Lawrence, Kansas -  May 22, 1881
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Epping, New Hampshire, USA

1890  Robbin's Circus Wrecked in a Smash Up.

NASHUA, N. H., May 22. At 3 a. m. today, the Robbins circus train, en route to Epping where it was to have showed today was wrecked near the junction of the Nashua, Rochester and Lowell roads. One car full of carriages is a total wreck. Loss to the Robbins company will be heavy.

The Daily Herald -  Grand Forks, North Dakota -  May 22, 1890
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Greenburgh, New York, USA (Tarrytown) (Hartsdale)

1891 - DYNAMITE DISASTER - Frightful Explosion of Blasting Powder on the Hudson. -A Car Containing Thirty Laborers Blown of Atoms.
A flat car loaded with dynamite and drawn by a construction engine was blown to atoms shortly before noon a few days ago, at a place about one and a quarter miles south of Tarrytown, N. Y., on the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad. A gang of workmen, chiefly Italians, were on the car, and of the number thirteen were killed, ten were injured and five, on the day after the tragedy, were... Read MORE...

The Cranbury Press -  New Jersey -  May 22, 1891
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Buffalo, New York, USA

1896 - BUILDING COLLAPSED. A NUMBER OF PEOPLE KILLED AT BUFFALO, N.Y. ALMOST CRIMINAL CARELESSNESS.
THE OLD STRUCTURE WAS PROPPED UP FOR REPAIRS, WHEN THE PROPS SUDDENLY GAVE WAY AND A SCORE OR MORE PEOPLE WERE CAUGHT IN THE TRAP.

NAMES OF THE VICTIMS.

Buffalo, May 22. - Yesterday morning the Seneca Street side of the Brown building formerly occupied by the Western Union Telegraph company collapsed and a score or more people were buried in the ruins. The building was filled with offices,... Read MORE...

Evening Bulletin -  Maysville, Kentucky -  May 22, 1896
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Dawson City, Yukon, Canada

1899 - DAWSON CITY BURNED. Entire Business Section Destroyed on April 21. 111 BUILDINGS IN ASHES.
Loss Variously Estimated at From One to Four Millions.

City Helpless Till Navigation Can Be Resumed - People in a State of Panic After the Fire.

SEATTLE, Washington, May 21. - The long-expected catastrophe at Dawson has occurred, and three-fourths of the town lies in ashes, while hundreds of miners and shop keepers, gamblers and saloon men, are living in tents, sleeping on the snow in... Read MORE...

The New York Times -  New York, New York -  May 22, 1899
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Reno, Nevada, USA

1902 - SOUTHERN PACIFIC TRAIN DERAILED AT RENO
Reno, Nev, May 21.-The east-bound flyer on the Southern Pacific jumped the frog at Chestnut street crossing in this city. The engine and the baggage and mail cars were derailed. The engine ploughed into the ground, the drivers being covered, and is badly wrecked. Fireman Walker jumped as the engine careened over, badly spraining his ankle and wrist. Mrs. J. G. Putnum, a passenger, was injured... Read MORE...

Idaho Daily Statesman -  Boise City, Idaho -  May 22, 1902
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Oneonta, New York, USA

1906  BIG FIRE IN ONEONTA. TWO BUSINESS BUILDINGS DESTROYED AND TWO FIREMEN HURT.

Utica, May 22. - Fire which broke out in Oneonta at 5:30 this morning and was not controlled until 8 o'clock, destroyed two business buildings, one of which included the Wilber bank, owned by G. I. WILBER, State Fair Commissioner, and the Delaware & Hudson railroad dispatcher's office. The contents of the bank vault are believed to be unharmed.

The Syracuse Herald -  Syracuse, New York -  May 22, 1906
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Long Beach, California, USA

1909  Baby Incubator Kills Child.

A baby incubator proved fatal to the two-months-old infant of Richard De Spain, a young inventor of Long Beach, Cal. Soon after the baby had been placed in the incubator a cork blew out of a hot water bottle and the baby was scalded to death.

Adams County News -  Gettysburg, Pennsylvania -  May 22, 1909
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Schenectady, New York, USA

1910 - BLAZE AT BIG CIRCUS. HUGE TENT BURNS, BUT 12,000 PERSONS ESCAPE UNHURT. PAGEANT ABOUT TO BEGIN.
Ringmaster Ready to Start Performance Before Vast Throng of Spectators When Fire Is Discovered - Audience Marches Out, Only a Few Being Scratched and Bruised.

Special to The Washington Post.

Schenectady, N. Y., May 21 - The "big top" or main tent of the BARNUM & BAILEY circus was destroyed by fire this afternoon. Many of the bleachers were burned. Although the tent was filled with people... Read MORE...

The Washington Post -  Washington, D.C. -  May 22, 1910
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Atlanta, Georgia, USA

1917 - May 21 - The Great Atlanta fire of 1917 takes place.
Fire In Atlanta Razes 100 Blocks; Loss $2,000,000
Wide Residence Area in Northeast Swept by Flames Starting in Storage Building.
Soldiers Called To Aid
Dynamite Used Vainly to Prevent Blaze Reaching Mansions on Ponce de Leon Av.
Firemen Finally Check It
Thousands Left Homeless, but City Cares for Them-One Woman Dies from Shock.

Atlanta, Ga., May 21. - Fire that started late this afternoon ... Read MORE...

The New York Times -  New York, New York -  May 22, 1917
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Paulding, Ohio, USA

1918 - Electrical Accident
PAULDING, Ohio, May 22. - Earl Alspach, lineman for the Paulding Home Telephone company, met with an accident a few days ago that came near being fatal. Alspach was working on the lines with his bare hands when he grabbed hold of a guy line that had come in contact with a transmission line of the electric light system. With the other hand he grabbed a grounded wire, receiving a terrific shock. He ... Read MORE...

The Fort Wayne News and Sentinel -  Fort Wayne, Indiana -  May 22, 1918
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San Antonio, Texas, USA

1920  PLANE HITS POLE, TWO ARE KILLED

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, May 21. - Lieutenant Alvin M. St. John, of Memphis, Tenn., and Private Carl L. Cubler, of Elgin, Illinois, were instantly killed this afternoon when a plane they were flying crashed into a flagpole and then into a building at Kelly field.

Billings Gazette -  Billings, Montana -  May 22, 1920
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1927 - May 20–21 – Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo, nonstop transatlantic airplane flight, carried out from New York City to Paris, France, in his single-engined aircraft, the Spirit of St. Louis.

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PROUD AND HAPPY MOTHER JUST KNEW HE COULD DO IT
DETROIT, Mich., May 21. (AP) - "That's all that matters." In these words, Mrs. Evangeline Lodge Lindbergh, mother of Captain Charles Lindbergh, expressed her relief... Read MORE...

Times Signal -  Zanesville, Ohio -  May 22, 1927
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Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

1930 - Dallas Aviator Falls to Death - Workaday Crash Kills Airman of Fame in Flood and Fire.
Too steep a bank in a strong wind spun a plane to ground near Tulsa Wednesday afternoon and as it smashed Jimmy Youngblood of Dallas was fatally injured. He died as his wife was winging to Oklahoma having taken off soon after word of the accident reached Love Field.

Having unloaded Paul Vance, a companion pilot of the Southern Air Transport, Inc., after a ferry flight from Fort Worth,... Read MORE...

Dallas Morning News -  Dallas, Texas -  May 22, 1930
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South Amboy, New Jersey, USA

1950 - FIRE FLARES AFTER SOUTH AMBOY BLAST.
South Amboy, N. J., (AP) - About twenty tons of phosphorus smoldered and flared on the waterfront last night as an aftermath of the South Amboy munitions disaster in which the official death toll is fixed at 27.

State Police Superintendent CHARLES SCHOEFFEL said the phosphorus was contained in about fifty drums on the grounds of the blast-shattered American Agricultural Chemical Company, right ... Read MORE...

The Troy Record -  Troy, New York -  May 22, 1950
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1843  May 22 – The first major wagon train headed for the American Northwest sets out with one thousand pioneers from Elm Grove, Missouri on the Oregon Trail.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Greenerpasture Daily News - May 21

Cummington, Massachusetts, USA

1858 - FIRE IN CUMMINGTON.
The house of Mr. Jesse Reed on Cummington Hill was burned to the ground on Tuesday morning. The fire was discovered at about three o'clock breaking out near the chimney, from which it is supposed to have caught. The house was a fine one, built of stone, and just refitted throughout, preparatory to the approaching marriage of a son of Mr. Reed. Loss $15,000, insured for $600, at the Hampden office ... Read MORE...

The Berkshire County Eagle -  Pittsfield, Massachusetts -  May 21, 1858
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Northampton, Massachusetts, USA (Florence) (Leeds)

1870 - FIRES - Stores in Northampton, Mass., Burned--Loss $50,000.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., May 20 - The Edwards Church and the Hunt Building, at Northampton, were totally destroyed by fire last night. The loss is about $50,000, of which $20,000 falls upon the Church; $8,500 upon BENJAMI NORTH'S heirs, owners of the HUNT BUILDING; $15,000 upon R. J. FAIR, whose dry-goods and fancy store was in the building, and $5,000 upon EVERETT & HANMAN, jobbers, in the... Read MORE...

The New York Times  -  New York, New York -  May 21, 1870
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Les Éboulements, Québec, Canada (Les Eboulemens)

1890 - MURDERER AND SUICIDE. Abel Bergerson Poisons His Two Children and Himself.
New has been received of the suicide at Spragueville, N.Y., of Abel Bergerson, who first poisoned his two young children with rat poison and then took the stuff himself.

Bergerson belonged to Eboulements, in the Province of Quebec, Canada and was accompanied to the United States by a French Canadian girl known in Eboulements as Lucie. It was her desertion that apparently induced the commission ... Read MORE...

The North Carolinian -  Elizabeth City, North Carolina -  May 21, 1890
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Huntsville, Alabama, USA

1900 - Huntsville's Cotton Oil Mill
Hunstville, Ala., May 20. (Special.) - T. W. Pratt, of Huntsville and W. A. Rigsby and others, of Augusta, Ga., have formed a company with a capital of $50,000 for the building and operation of a cotton oil mill in this city. The proposed mill will consume about sixty tons of seed a day and will employ about eighty men. It will be located in West Huntsville.

The new mill will be run in... Read MORE...

The Atlanta Constitution -  Atlanta, Georgia -  May 21, 1900
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Covington, Kentucky, USA

1902 - Storm
A terrific waterspout struck the southern suburbs of Covington, Ky., and passed up the Miami valley with damages reported from as far as Dayton. Near Covington the water rolled down the hills in a wave 20 feet deep and 100 yards wide.

The residence of Edward Wohrley was carried four blocks and dashed to pieces. The house was occupied by four families. All escaped except Mrs. Flachner and... Read MORE...

Daily Iowa State Press -  Iowa City, Iowa -  May 21, 1902
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Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada

1903 - FIRE DESTROYS 250 HOUSES. One-fourth of the Population of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, Left Homeless.
ST. HYACINTHE, Quebec, May 20.- A fire which started shortly after noon to-day in the shoe factory of the Cote Brothers, destroyed half a dozen flourishing industries and 250 houses, leaving nearly a quarter of the city's population homeless. The loss is placed at $400,000. Nobody knows how the fire started. When it was first noticed it had secured a firm hold upon the Cote factory. The wind was... Read MORE...

The New York Times -  New York, New York -  May 21, 1903
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Goshen, Massachusetts, USA

1908 - COLLEGE GIRL KILLED WHEN HORSES RAN AWAY
Northampton, Mass., May 20. - Miss Ethel Borroughs, of Somerville, a senior, at Smith college was killed by being thrown from a carriage in which she was riding with a classmate, Miss Mary Doris, also of Somerville, and other friends in the neighboring town of Goshen.

The span of horses started to run away, the girls became frightened and in attempting to get out of the carriage Miss Burroughs ... Read MORE...

The Columbus Enquirer-Sun -  Columbus, Georgia -  May 21, 1908
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Columbus, Georgia, USA

1908 - TRAIN BUMPED ALONG ON THE CROSS-TIES. A Slight Freight Wreck on the Seaboard Yesterday.
Yesterday morning about 6:30 o'clock as No. 121, local freight of the Seaboard Air Line, was pulling into the city, the engine and one box car left the track near the Lummus gin plant, and ran for about 50 feet on the crossties. It seems that the switch on the spur leading into the Lummus company's yard had been turned for the train to enter the yard, and when the train reached this point the... Read MORE...

The Columbus Enquirer-Sun -  Columbus, Georgia -  May 21, 1908
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1932 - May 20–May 21 – Amelia Earhart flies from the USA to Derry, Northern Ireland in 14 hours 54 minutes.
Amelia Earhart is First Woman to Fly Atlantic Ocean Alone

New York, May 21. (AP) - Word was received here this afternoon that Mrs. Putnam had taken off in her own plane for London.

Culmore, Ireland, May 21 (AP) Amelia Earhart Putnam brought down her read and gold monoplane in a field near here this afternoon and became the first woman ever to fly the Atlantic alone.

She landed on this... Read MORE...

The Gettysburg Times -  Gettysburg, Pennsylvania -  May 21, 1932
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Kansas City, Missouri, USA

1957 - DEATH TOLL MOUNTS TO 35 AS TORNADO STRIKES KANSAS CITY. GREATEST LOSS OF LIFE IS IN RUSKIN HEIGHTS SUBDIVISION.
Kansas City, May 21 (AP) - The year's deadliest tornado thus far slashed across Kansas City's southern outskirts at sundown yesterday, leaving 35 dead and more than 200 injured in its 80-mile path.

Injured were still being dug out of wreckage as late as 7 a.m. (CST) today and the search for additional possible victims continued.

Martial law was declared in the Ruskin Heights - Hickman... Read MORE...

Chillicothe Constitution Tribune -  Chillicothe, Missouri -  May 21, 1957
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Chiefland, Florida, USA

1958 - FIND NO BODY AS JET CRASHES IN FLORIDA FIELD.
Chiefland, Fla. (UP) - An Air Force jet fighter crashed and exploded in a watermelon patch here Tuesday night, apparently taking its young pilot to his death.

Officials at MacDill Air Force Base identified the pilot at 1st Lt. ROBERT E. CRENSHAW, 24, of North Miami Beach. CRENSHAW was officially listed as "missing and presumably lost."

The jet was on a return flight from Maxwell Air Force... Read MORE...

Delta Democrat Times -  Greenville, Mississippi -  May 21, 1958
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1851  President Fillmore sojourned at his father's residence at Aurora, New York, on Sunday and Monday.


The Sun
Baltimore, Maryland

1870  The Legislature of California has appropriated to the State Fair, at Sacramento, $3,000, and to each of the District Fairs $2,000.


St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan

1904  May 21 – The International Federation of Association Football, FIFA, is established.

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1905  A Lewiston man is breaking his frisky young colt by a novel method.
He mounts his bicycle and leads his colt up and down the street as fast or as slow as he desires.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Greenerpasture Daily News - May 20

Alton, Illinois, USA

1857  Destructive Fire At Alton, Ill.

Chicago, Saturday, April 18. A destructive conflagration occurred at Alton, Ill. On Thursday, destroying the planing Mill of MORRISON & BEAL, the Methodist Church parsonage house, and doing great damage to the WAVERLEY HOTEL, Piazza house, and the warehouse of HOLLISTER & COFFER. Total loss was $50,000.

The New York Times -  New York, New York -  May 20, 1857
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Burlington, Vermont, USA

1858 - Ethan Allen's Remains
There has been considerable excitement in Burlington, Vermont, for a few days past, on the subject of the removal of the remains of Gen. Ethan Allen. The ceremonies of laying the corner-stone of the monument ordered by the State have been deferred, and the authorities of the town and the committee of the monument have made thorough search, to the depth of six or eight feet, in all parts of the... Read MORE...

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Alexandria Gazette -  Alexandria, Virginia -  May 20, 1858
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Manchester, New Hampshire, USA (Tyngstown) (Derryfield)

1873  May 20 - Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive United States patent #139121 for using copper rivets to strengthen the pockets of denim work pants.

Levi Strauss & Co. begin manufacturing the famous Levi's brand of jeans, using fabric from the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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Williamsburg, Massachusetts, USA (Haydenville)

1874 - TERRIBLE CATASTROPHE !! BURSTING OF A WATER RESERVOIR IN MASSACHUSETTS !! EVERYTHING CARRIED BEFORE THE TORRENT !!
FOUR VILLAGES ALMOST DEMOLISHED !!
NEARLY 200 LIVES LOST !!
ABOUT $2,000,000 WORTH OF PROPERTY DESTROYED !!

Northampton, Mass., May 16. - Not far from eight o'clock this morning the peaceful residents of Williamsburg were startled by the appearance of a horse dashing madly through the streets, while his rider shouted to the people to escape for their lives, for the reservoir had given way... Read MORE...

Indiana Messenger -  Indiana, Pennsylvania -  May 20, 1874
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Birmingham, Alabama, USA

1908 - EIGHT CARS GO INTO RIVER. Bridge Over Cahaba River Knocked Down But No Lives Lost.
Birmingham, May 19. - (Special.) - The steel bridge over Cahaba River, about fifteen miles east of Birmingham, was knocked down early this morning when several cars in freight train No. 36, eastbound, became derailed and ran on the cross ties. Eight cars went into the river. No lives were lost but traffic was delayed all day. A broken flange on one of the cars in the freight train caused the... Read MORE...

The Montgomery Advertiser -  Montgomery, Alabama -  May 20, 1908
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Old Saybrook, Connecticut, USA

1917 - Connecticut Hotel Destroyed by Fire
SAYBROOK POINT, Conn., May 19.- Fenwick Hall, for forty years a noted Summer hotel on the Long Island shore and located on the point which juts out into the Sound at the mouth of the Connecticut River, was completely destroyed by fire this afternoon. Edward Stokes, who owned the Hoffman House in New York City, built the hotel in 1872. In recent years former United States Senator Morgan G.... Read MORE...

The New York Times -  New York, New York -  May 20, 1917
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Yakima, Washington, USA

1935 - ACCIDENT MARS YAKIMA PARADE; BOY IS KILLED
Yakima, Wash., May 19.- AP - A youth was fatally injured and at least 37 other persons injured here today when a crumbling cornice plunged about 40 parade spectators two stories to the crowded street below.
Victor Russ, 18, of Wapato, was fatally injured when the mass of falling brick, twisted steel and humanlly [sic] crashed upon the street throng.

Dick Candriel, 30, of Yakima, was... Read MORE...

The Galveston Daily News -  Galveston, Texas -  May 20, 1935
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1916  May 20 – The Saturday Evening Post publishes its first cover with a Norman Rockwell painting (Boy with Baby Carriage).

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1918  May 20 – The small town of Codell, Kansas, is hit for the third year in a row on the same date by a tornado.

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1980  May 20 - 710 families in Love Canal area (Niagara Falls NY) are evacuated

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Greenerpasture Daily News - May 19

East Haddam, Connecticut, USA

1883 - FIRE AT SEA. BURNING OF A STEAMER ON LONG ISLAND SOUND - FIVE LIVES LOST.
Hartford, Conn., May 18. - A special to The Courant from Goodspeed's Landing says:

The steamer Granite State, hence for New York, burned to the water's edge at 4 o'clock this morning. She had a large freight, and is a total loss. She lies sunk on Lord's Island, just above the landing. Five persons are missing. The body of the second cook (colored), named JACKSON, has been recovered.

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The Evening Gazette -  Cedar Rapids, Iowa -  May 19, 1883
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1891 - The zipper is invented (Whitcomb L. Judson, United States)
"...the inventor of the first zipper, Whitcomb L. Judson, did his experimentation right here in the Windy City and in 1891 invented a device called the zipper.

Actually, the first zipper was a very crude invention, conceived by this portly fella called Judson who found he could no longer bend over to tie his shoes. What he came up with was a device that held together some crude hooks and eyes... Read MORE...

The Daily Herald -  Chicago, Illiniois -  May 19, 1975
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Nahant, Massachusetts, USA

1896 - LONGFELLOW COTTAGE DESTROYED.
Four Other Summer Residences at Nahant Swept Away by Fire.

Nahant, Mass., May 18. - Special Telegram. - During the high gale this afternoon fire broke out on the Longfellow cottage estate, and it spread rapidly through the residence section, destroying five mansions and causing a property loss of $100,000. The fire started in the yard of the historic Longfellow cottage, presumably from a spark ... Read MORE...

The Daily Inter Ocean -  Chicago, Illinois -  May 19, 1896
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Fall River, Massachusetts, USA

1896  Weavers Strike

FALL RIVER, Mass., May 18 - All the weavers of the Hargraves & Parker mills struck to-day, in accordance with a vote passed last week. The cause of trouble is given as the "general dissatisfaction with prices paid for weaving."

The Wilmington Messenger -  Wilmington, North Carolina -  May 19, 1896
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Washington, DC, USA

1896 - FIERCE, FIRE RAGES. LIVES ALSO LOST IN THE FLAMES. SEVERAL FIREMEN CRUSHED TO DEATH UNDER FALLING WALLS IN WASHINGTON.
Washington, May 19 - Fire swept away a whole block of commercial buildings opposite the Smithsonian Institute soon after 8 o'clock last evening. The lives of at least six firemen were crushed out by falling walls. The loss will exceed $200,000. The buildings covering the block adjoining the Centre Market constituted practically the entire commission and wholesale produce business of Washington,... Read MORE...

The Trenton Evening Times -  Trenton, New Jersey -  May 19, 1896
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Staten Island, New York, USA

1902 - STATEN ISLAND FERRYBOAT ACCIDENT.
The heavy and rather unusual spring fog which enveloped bay and river to-day was responsible for two serious collisions in the harbor, in one of which one man was killed and in the other a hundred or more passengers were carried down with the tide on an almost helpless ferryboat, but were later rescued uninjured in a panic stricken condition. The crash resulting in a fatality occurred at a little ... Read MORE...

Brooklyn Eagle -  Brooklyn, New York -  May 19, 1902
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Des Moines, Iowa, USA

1906 - ACCIDENT AT DES MOINES. Five Commissioners to General Assembly Injured in Collapse of Platform.
Des Moines, Iowa, May 18—Five commissioners to the Presbyterian general assembly were bruised and injured late this afternoon by the collapse of a temporary stand which had been erected for the purpose of getting a group photographed. The injured are:

Dr. C. Lukins, Roswell, N.M., hip bruised
Rev. W. O. David, Monongahela, W. Va., hip bruised
George Wills, Mendota, Ill., back bruised
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Dallas Morning News -  Dallas, Texas -  May 19, 1906
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Akron, Ohio, USA

1909 - $1,500,000 FIRE IN AKRON, O. FLAMES DESTROY WHOLE BLOCK - SEVERAL NARROWLY ESCAPE.
Akron, O. - May 18. - Fire in the seven-story Hower Power block today practically destroyed the building and its contents, causing a loss which it is thought will aggregate $1,500,000. Several girls employed in the building had a narrow escape. Firemen were in danger from falling walls.

The building was occupied entirely by light manufacturing companies. There was more than 200 employes in the ... Read MORE...

Alton Evening Telegraph -  Illinois -  May 19, 1909
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Verchères, Québec, Canada (St-François-Xavier-de-Vercheres)

1911 - English Sign is Spurned - Under Leadership of Priest French Canadians Post New One
NEW YORK., May 18. - A dispatch from Vercheres, a village on the St. Lawrence, 30 miles from Montreal, says:

"A demonstration unique in the history of Vercheres has just been held. The postoffice was indicated by a notice bearing the English sign 'postoffice.' The population, wholly French-Canadian, assembled in front of the postoffice under the direction of a priest and after signing... Read MORE...

Oregonian -  Oregon -  May 19, 1911
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Everett, Washington, USA

1920 - SNOHOMISH LOGGER HOTEL DESTROYED IN EARLY MORNING FIRE
EVERETT, May 19 - The Cherry Valley hotel, operated at that place by the Cherry Valley Timber company, was destroyed by fire which started about 1 o'clock this morning.

Between twenty and thirty guests, including Thomas Williams, treasurer of the company, escaped with only their sleeping garments. The loss is estimated at $13,000, covered by insurance.

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Bellingham Herald -  Bellingham, Washington -  May 19, 1920
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Flint, Michigan, USA

1935 - THREE LOSE LIVES IN PLANE CRASH AT FLINT, MICHIGAN.
TRIMOTORED TRANSPORT HITS TENTS OF GROUND CREW; SIX INJURED.

Flint, Mich., May 18 (AP) - At least three persons, including THEODORE E. KNOWLES, pilot, were killed when a trimotored transport, carrying passengers at the dedication of a new air field here today, struck tents occupied by a Selfridge Field ground crew at the edge of the field and crashed. The plane did not catch on... Read MORE...

Salt Lake Tribune  -  Salt Lake City, Utah -  May 19, 1935
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Millinocket, Penobscot, Maine, USA

1947 - Millinocket Man, 35, Is Drowned Fishing.
Millinocket, May 18. - Henry Evers, 35, of Millinocket, drowned in West Branch River about 16 miles from here this afternoon when a canoe from which he was fishing capsized.

His companion, Arthur Bartlett, clung to the overturned craft until carried ashore by the swift current. He reported the accident to Millinocket police.

Chief of Police Allen Picard, Game Warden Alex Cummings and... Read MORE...

Portland Press Herald -  Portland, Maine -  May 19, 1947
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1980 - May 18 - Mount Saint Helens (in Washington State) erupted spewing ash and smoke sixty-three thousand feet into the air. Heavy ash covered the ground to the immediate northwest, and small particles were carried to the Atlantic coast.
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MOUNTAIN ERUPTS; 6 DEAD.

Vancouver, Wash. (UPI) - Mount St. Helens exploded in a giant, killer eruption Sunday that blew 600 feet off its summit, set off huge forest fires, sent "walls of water" racing down a river valley and spewed pungent ash clouds over much of Eastern Washington.

At least six people were killed fleeing the eruption, and many more were feared dead,... Read MORE...

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1821  The Roger Williams Factory, in Warwick, Rhode-Island, was entirely destroyed by fire, on the 11th inst. together with all its valuable machinery. The loss is estimated at $25,000.

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1842  May 19 – Dorr Rebellion: Militiamen supporting Thomas Wilson Dorr attack the arsenal in Providence, Rhode Island, but are repulsed.

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1888  On the 10th, Cashier H. F. Royce, of the Willimantic (Conn.) Savings Institute, was arrested on the charge of embezzling $35,000.


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Thursday, May 18, 2017

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Manhattan, New York, USA (New York City) (New Amsterdam)

1864 - May 18 - The Civil War Gold Hoax was an 1864 hoax perpetrated by two US journalists to exploit the financial situation during the American Civil War.
On May 18, 1864, two New York City newspapers, the New York World and the New York Journal of Commerce, published a story that President Abraham Lincoln had issued a proclamation of conscription of 400,000 more men into the Union army. At the time, there were fierce battles taking place between Union and Confederate troops in Virginia and the public took it to mean that the war was not going well ... Read MORE...

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Rockford, Illinois, USA

1877 - TERRIBLE DISASTER.
CHICAGO, May 11. - A Tribune's special from Rockford, Ills., says: A pall has fallen over what this morning was a happy community. The Winnebago county court house, which this morning when our citizens commenced their days labor was the pride of their hearts, is now a desolate ruin, a monument of criminal incompetency. Some families which bade adieu to their loved ones this morning, received... Read MORE...

Liberty Weekly Tribune -  Missouri -  May 18, 1877
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1893 - City Under Eight Feet of Water.
NEW CASTLE, Pa., May 18. — The water is eight feet deep and still rising in a large part of this city. Several planning mills have been washed away, houses have been moved from their foundations, mills, factories and furnaces are flooded. The railroad bridges have been weighted with cars to keep them in place. Families were rescued from the second stories of their homes. A prisoner in the lockup... Read MORE...

The Marion Daily Star -  Marion, Ohio -  May 18, 1893
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Phoenix, Arizona, USA

1910 - UTTER DESTRUCTION OF HOTEL ADAMS. ARIZONA'S MOST FAMOUS HOSTELRY WRAPPED IN FLAME AND SMOKE WAS THE TERRIFYING YET GORGEOUS SPECTACLE WHICH SMOTE THE EYE OF THE EARLY RISING CITIZEN.
GUESTS CALLED FROM THEIR BEDS TO ENCOUNTER A STIFLING ATMOSPHERE IN THE CORRIDORS WHICH TO THE LATER ONES HAD BECOME IMPASSABLE - THE ESCAPE OF ALL WAS BY SO NARROW A MARGIN THAT IT WAS FEARED FOR A TIME THAT ALL WERE NOT SAVED.

SPLENDID WORK OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT PREVENTED WHAT THREATENED TO BE WIDESPREAD CALAMITY - FIRE HAD HARDLY BEEN BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL WHEN PLANS BEGAN TO FORM FOR A... Read MORE...

The Arizona Republican -  Phoenix, Arizona -  May 18, 1910
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1854  Destructive Fire in Lower Canada
Montreal, Wednesday, May 17. The village of St. Hyacinthe was almost wholly destroyed by fire to-day.

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1896  May 18 – Plessy v. Ferguson: The U.S. Supreme Court introduces the "separate but equal" doctrine and upholds racial segregation.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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Utica, New York, USA

1858 - TERRIBLE RAILROAD ACCIDENT. SEVEN OR EIGHT KILLED - FIVE OR SIX FATALLY INJURED - OVER FORTY WOUNDED - CRUSHING OF A BRIDGE.
Utica, May 11. - A frightful accident occurred this morning, at half-past six o'clock, on the Central Railroad, by the crushing of a bridge over the Sanquoit Creek, some 3 and a half miles west of this city, near Whitesboro. Seven or eight persons are already dead, and five or six others are barely alive. The injured number forty or more.
The accident occurred in the Cincinnati express train,... Read MORE...

The Compiler -  Gettysburg, Pennsylvania -  May 17, 1858
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Worcester, Massachusetts, USA (Greendale) (Quinsigamond Village) (Tatnuck) (Vernon Hill)

1872  A Singular Law Suit.

The proprietors of the Rural Cemetery at Worcester, Massachusetts, have brought suit against a company engaged in the manufacture of chemicals, about 400 feet distant from the cemetery. It is claimed that the fumes of coppers thrown off by the works injure the marble monuments and headstones in the cemetery.

The Indianapolis News -  Indianapolis, Indiana -  May 17, 1872
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Rutland, Vermont, USA

1875  OPERA HOUSE FIRE.

Whitehall, N. Y., May 15. - A fire at Rutland, Vt., this morning, burned the Ripley's Opera House, the stores of MUNN & COMPTON, STANLEY & Co., and others. Loss of $75,000; partly insured.

Logansport Star  -  Logansport, Indiana -  May 17, 1875
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1886 - ANOTHER TORNADO CAUSES GREAT DEVASTATION IN OHIO. HANCOCK, HARDIN AND ADJACENT COUNTIES ARE VISITED BY A TERRIFIC CYCLONE, DESTROYING LIFE AND PROPERTY.
A terrible tornado swept over the southern part of Hancock and northern part of Hardin county at a late hour Friday night carrying death and destruction in its path. At Forest, WILLIAM McELREE, wife and two children and mother-in-law, MRS. HIGGINS, were buried in the ruins of a large brick house, and the first named killed. The rest were injured, the last named fatally. MISS LEASE was killed in... Read MORE...

Newark Daily Advocate -  Newark, Ohio -  May 17, 1886
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Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

1889 - HURLED TO DEATH - An Engine Runs Into a Street Car Killing Six Ladies
A shocking accident occurred about 5:30 o'clock in the evening at the West Main street crossing of the Michigan Central Railroad in Kalamazoo, Mich. A street car containing eight ladies and two gentlemen was crossing the track when a switch engine dashed down upon it from the east side at a high rate of speed, and the driver being unable to get the car out of the way the helpless passengers were... Read MORE...

The Cranbury Press -  New Jersey -  May 17, 1889
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Erie, Pennsylvania, USA

1893 - Flood
ERIE, May 18 – The floods in this city caused by heavy rains are the most destructive ever known. It is impossible to estimate the damage done to property, but its probably is not less than $500,000. The damage to the Jarecki Manufacturing company’s plant is placed at $100,000. Scores of houses were washed away, but no fatality is reported since that of the boy Heberleya. Railroad bridges and... Read MORE...

The Marion Daily Star -  Marion, Ohio -  May 17, 1893
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Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA

1894 - Fire
Lumber Street, on the west, which is the first highway running parallel with the water front, is lined with tenement houses. The occupants of these dwellings became panic stricken, and took out their household goods in great haste. Fortunately, but a few of the dwelling were reached by the flames.

There were few who saw the fire in its early stages who believed that Lumber Street could be made ... Read MORE...

The New York Times -  New York, New York -  May 17, 1894
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Shelton, Connecticut, USA (Huntington)

1894 FREIGHT TRAIN WRECKED.
There was a bad smash-up on the Berkshire division of the Consolidated railroad at the Derby meadows near Shelton and only about 100 feet away from the bridge at 11 o'clock yesterday forenoon. A switching engine attached to some freight cars was backing down grade and was unable to slow up in time to get out of the way of a special freight train that was coming up from the rear.

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The New Haven Evening Register -  New Haven, Connecticut -  May 17, 1894
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Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA

1909  FIREBUGS START A $300,000 FIRE AT FT. SMITH

Ft. Smith, Ark., May 17. - Fire here today destroyed the Ft. Smith Compress and it's contents of five thousand bales of cotton. The loss is estimated at $300,000, covered by insurance. It is believed that the fire was incendiary origin as the flames broke out simultaneously in a dozen different places in the yard.

Chillicothe Constitution -  Chillicothe, Missouri -  May 17, 1909
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1883  May 17 - Buffalo Bill Cody's 1st wild west show premieres in Omaha

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1895  Mill Fire
METHUEN, Mass., May 18.- A fire started in Couses' cotton mills since midnight and destroyed it.

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1900  May 17 - L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is published in Chicago.

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1901  May 17 – The U.S. stock market crashes.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA

1862  Brothers Drown

Two young men, brothers, by the name of Wilcox, belonging in Tiverton, while crossing the river in a leaky old boat, from Rhode Island to Tiverton, at a late hour Saturday night, the 26th ult., were drowned.

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Barre Gazette -  Barre, Massachusetts -  May 16, 1862
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Hornell, New York, USA (Hornellsville)

1895 - FAST FREIGHT WRECKED - Three Men and Ten Valuable Horses Were Killed.
Hornellsville, N. Y., May 13 - A bad wreck took place on the western division of the Erie three miles west of here. Fast freight No. 92 was thrown in the ditch by a broken wheel, and ten cars were piled up in a confused heap. The accident occurred when the train was making fast time, and the cars were on that account completely shattered.

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Ticonderoga Sentinel -  New York -  May 16, 1895
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Worcester, Massachusetts, USA (Greendale) (Quinsigamond Village) (Tatnuck) (Vernon Hill)

1900 - A Millionaire of Worchester, Massachusetts Is Missing.
New York, May 16. - Chas. A Richardson, a millionaire manufacturer of Worcester, Massachusetts has been missing for five weeks. The police have searched for him everywhere without success. The story of his disappearance was made public Tuesday.

Richardson came here early in April and put up at the Waldorf Astoria with his wife. On April 11 he went out to attend some business and never... Read MORE...

The Marion Star -  Marion, Ohio -  May 16, 1900
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Corry, Pennsylvania, USA

1909 - CIRCUS SEATS FALL. Multitude of People Carried Down at Corry. Tent Catches Fire. A Panic Ensues an Several are Seriously Injured.
Spectators at Cole Brothers' Show Plunged Down When Benches Collapse

Babies and Women Lost in Confusion and List of Casualties May be Very Long

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Corry, Pa May 15 - During the evening performance of the Cole Brothers Railroad Circus in this city to-night a portion of the seats gave way and carried down with it a multitude of shrieking people, many of... Read MORE...

Syracuse Herald -  Syracuse, New York -  May 16, 1909
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Placerville, California, USA (Hangtown)

1910  PLACERVILLE, CAL., FIRE.

Placerville, Cal., May 16. - Fire which broke out in a barn in the center of town last night, destroyed the courthouse, and several business houses, entailing a loss of about $100,000.

The Ogden Standard -  Ogden, Utah -  May 16, 1910
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Cleveland, Ohio, USA

1929 - Is Blamed For Clinic Tragedy at Cleveland
City Investigating Commission and State Fire Wardens Indicate Disaster Might Have Been Averted if the X-Ray Room Had Been Closed Off

Cleveland, O. - (AP) - The explosion that ripped through Cleveland clinic and generated gas fumes that killed 122 persons, was caused by spontaneous combustion that ignited celluloid X-ray plates in a sub-basement store room...

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Oshkosh Daily Northwestern -  Oshkosh, Wisconsin -  May 16, 1929
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Auburn, Maine, USA

1933 - 1500 HOMELESS AT AUBURN; FLAMES DESTROY 248 BUILDINGS IN MAINE CITY
Auburn, Me., May 16. (AP) - Restoration of a gaping hole in its New Auburn section where 248 buildings including the homes of one-twelfth of the city's population were destroyed by fire yesterday with loss exceeding $1,000,000 was the problem facing this city today. The homeless most of whom were of foreign extraction - workers in the mills of Lewiston, across the Androscoggin River - were... Read MORE...

Portsmouth Herald -  Portsmouth, New Hampshire -  May 16, 1933
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Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA

1934 - SEVEN SAILORS PERISH IN COLLISION OF LINER WITH LIGHTSHIP DURING THICK FOG.
Nantucket, Mass., May 16. - The 43,000-ton liner Olympic, groping its way through a heavy fog, crashed broadside into the Nantucket Lightship Tuesday. Seven of the lightship's crew were either killed outright or were missing. The lightship sank.

Three men found by the Olympic's lifeboats died of their injuries. Four others were missing.
Coast Guard reported those dead as:
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Winnipeg Free Press -  Winnipeg, Manitoba -  May 16, 1934
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1985  May 16 - Hole in Ozone layer is discovered by British scientists

The discovery of the annual depletion of ozone above the Antarctic was first announced in a paper by Joe Farman, Brian Gardiner and Jonathan Shanklin which appeared in Nature (magazine) on May 16th 1985.

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