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csl-explosion-RichmondEnquirer03.17.1863.pdf
This article from the Richmond Enquirer describes the March 1863 explosion at the Confederate States Laboratory, an ordinance factory, on Brown's Island in Richmond, Virginia. Published three days after the accident, this article describes the…

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The newspaper article details some of the immediate relief efforts taken after the February 1852 Holmfirth flood in Yorkshire, which occurred when the embankment of the Bilberry reservoir collapsed, releasing 86 million gallons of water. Eighty-one…

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In what remains the deadliest aviation disaster in history, two 747 jumbo jets from Pan Am Airways and KLM Royal Dutch Airways collided on a runway at Los Rodeos Airport in Tenerife on the Canary Islands. The two planes were among several that…

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After Hurricane Hugo ravaged the South Carolina coastline on September 21, 1989, many people and items were displaced from their homes. For example, this sail boat, called The Guppy, came to rest in the middle of Lockwood Drive, quite a distance from…

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Rev. Increase Mather frequently wrote on the role of divine providence in natural disasters and phenomenon. He preached on the need for his congregation to rededicate themselves to their covenant with God and used disaster narratives as evidence of…

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On October 9, 1837, the Home sank after it sustained damage and was then caught in the hurricane called Racer’s Storm. The incident occurred on the boat’s third journey from New York City to Charleston. There were an estimated ninety passengers…

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This is an image of the title page of the Rev. Thomas Doolittle’s 1693 pamphlet on the natural causes of earthquakes and the providential meanings of them. He, like many religious leaders and laypeople alike, …

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Henry Ravenel, son of Huguenot emigrant Rene Ravenel and owner of Hanover Plantation, routinely documented significant events, both personal and financial, a habit he presumably inherited from observing his father keep detailed records of important…

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On 5 September 1887, the Theatre Royal Exeter burned to the ground, costing 186 people their lives. It was opening night of the play Romeny Rye and 800 people were in the audience enjoying the show. Around 10:25 that evening, in the middle of the…

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This edition of the Arizona Weekly Journal-Minerwaspublished five days after the fire. It was published on Thursday, one day after the regular day of circulation on Wednesday, because the fire destroyed the newspapr's office and printing machinery.…
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