Saturday, December 30, 2017

Greenerpasture Daily News - 1903 December 30 – Iroquois Theater fire in Chicago kills 600

Milford, Massachusetts, USA

1867  Destructive Fire at Milford

WORCESTER, Mass., Sunday, Dec. 29. A fire occurred in Milford, on Saturday afternoon, which consumed a barn containing fifteen tons of hay, a large quantity of grain, eleven cattle and three sheep, the property of Nelson Madden. It was set on fire by a little boy three years old. The loss will amount to about $3,000; insurance small.

The New York Times -  New York, New York -  December 30, 1867

Greensburg, Pennsylvania, USA

1886 - Ten Buildings in Ruins at Greensburg, Pa. - A Tannery Consumed - Minor Burnings.

GREENSBURG, Pa., Dec. 29. - A conflagration at Greensburg, Westmoreland County, this morning, destroyed one of the finest blocks in the city, and for several hours threatened destruction of the entire business portion of that thriving place. The fire was discovered at 2 o'clock, and is supposed to have originated in Temple's hardware store. The fire apparatus... Read MORE...

The Daily Inter Ocean -  Chicago, Illinois -  December 30, 1886

West Haven, Connecticut, USA

1893 - INCENDIARY FIRES IN WEST HAVEN. The Fire Department of the Town Was Kept Busy for Several Hours.
NEW-HAVEN, Conn., Dec. 29. - Two incendiary fires in West Haven to-night kept the Fire Department busy for several hours. The first consumed a barn owned by the late George Kelsey. By extinguishing a lively blaze the firemen prevented imminent destruction to adjacent buildings.

Before the burning barn was abandoned a general alarm called the department to the newly-erected Town Hall, which has ... Read MORE...

The New York Times -  New York, New York -  December 30, 1893

Chicago, Illinois, USA

1903  December 30 – Iroquois Theater fire in Chicago kills 600

A safety standard for theaters and public buildings rises from the ashes of the Iroquois Theater (in Chicago), where more than 600 people were killed... Henceforth, all theater exits had to be clearly marked and the doors rigged so that, even if they could not be pulled open from the outside, they could be pushed open from the inside. politics/chi-chicagodays- iroquoisfire-story,0,6395565.story
December 30, 1903

Westport, Massachusetts, USA (North Westport)

1911  Duck Hunters Drown

Westport, Mass., Dec. 29 - The drowning of three men who left their homes here yesterday afternoon to go duck hunting became known today. A searching party today found their boat floating, bottom up.

Reading Times -  Reading, Pennsylvania -  December 30, 1911

Watertown, Massachusetts, USA

1916 - ENDS LIFE IN POTOMAC - Edwin Coobs, Watertown, Mass., Victim of Nervous Troubles
Arrived With Specialist En Route to Florida and Vanished from Hotel. Body Found Two Hours Later.

The body of Edwin Coombs, 50 years old, librarian, of Watertown, Mass., was recovered from the Potomac River at the Tenth street wharf southwest, at 9 o'clock last night, two hours after he had disappeared from the Congress Hall Hotel.

Mr. Coombs, suffering from a nervous trouble, accompanied by ... Read MORE...

The Washington Post -  Washington, D.C. -  December 30, 1916

Flint, Michigan, USA

1936  General Motors Strike

December 30 - Spurred by an unfounded rumor that work is going to be transferred to plants with weak union support, autoworkers begin a spontaneous sit-down strike at General Motors Corporation (GMC) plants in Flint. resources/state-history-timeline/ michigan.html
December 30, 1936

1862  December 30 – The USS Monitor sinks in storm in the Atlantic off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

1924  December 30 – Astronomer Edwin Hubble announces that Andromeda, previously believed to be a nebula, is actually another galaxy, and that the Milky Way is only one of many such galaxies in the universe

Died December 30