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On August 22nd, 1931, the New York Times printed this article with the headline: “Hwai River Covers 80 Countries in North; Thousands Die, 30,000,000 are Homeless; Thousands Fleeing City; Others Purposely Await Death in Hankow as River Sweeps Over…

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This article appeared in The Times of London on 29 October 1831, during England's first cholera crisis. Its author was Dr. James Johnson, a renowned physician and founder of the Medico-Chirurgical Review which was a mid-nineteenth-century medical…

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On December 1917, the Norwegian vessel SS Imo collided with the SS Mont-Blanc, a French cargo ship carrying explosives, of the coast of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The resulting blast and the tsunami that followed killed some 2,000 people, injured…

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On 2 October 1925, the Church Hill railway tunnel collapsed in Richmond, Virginia. Built by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad in 1873, the tunnel had been unused for decades when, in 1925, the railroad sought to restore it to usable condition. The…

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Between 1958 and 1962, government policies known as the Great Leap Forward, along with bad harvests and other unfortunate natural phenomena, left many Chinese people with little to eat. Famine was especially severe in rural areas of China As a…

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This book by George Poulett Scrope, a member of Parliament, described Parliament’s response to the potato famine that killed thousands of people in Ireland in the late 1840s. Scrope argued that the British government mishandled the crisis in Ireland.…

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In September 1629, a horrific flood completely destroyed Mexico City, leaving virtually nothing intact in this important Spanish colonial capital. This illustration, which accompanied a news article from 2018, shows a seemingly unique exception:…

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The article, reprinted by the upstate Plattsburgh Republican from a New York City newspaper, quantified the huge losses of potatoes, oats, and other crops in Ireland, a country that was "in its normal state" already the poorest in Europe. The article…

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On 1 May 1900, an explosion occurred in the winter Quarters coal mine near the town of Scofield, Utah. More than 200 men were killed, making it the the deadliest American mining disaster to date. It was also a major news story, followed closely…

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This woodcut depicts a Christian throwing wood on a fire pit in which Jews are being burned alive in fourteenth-century Bavaria. During the plague, Christians often suspected Jews of poisoning wells and food in order to spread disease, and burning…
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