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April232000-SoakedbyOil.pdf
This is an editorial piece for the Washington Post section called “Close to Home” that focuses on local communities and publishes articles from local community members. This letter was written two weeks after the spill by the President and CEO of the…

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Shipwreck stories were a popular literary genre. This magazine article told the story of eight survivors of an "Asiatick ship" that wrecked near Sable Island, off the coast of Nova Scotia, in 1761. Other survivors died or left the island on rafts. A…

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In October 1836, less than one year after it was built, the Royal Tar exploded and burned after being caught in a gale on its voyage between Eastport, New Brunswick, and Portland, Maine. Aboard the ship was a menagerie known as Burgess and Dexter's…

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In May 1984, a fire in the Haunted Castle took the lives of eight people at the Six Flags amusement park in Jackson, New Jersey. The story appeared on the front page of the New York Times, which detailed the incident, rescue efforts, and the…

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The “before” picture shows the R.B. Grover & Co. shoe factory as it was before the March 20, 1905 steam boiler explosion which leveled the building, killing over 50 of the 400 employees and injured another 150, while the “after” picture shows the…

Houston Daily Post.pdf
On August 27, 1900, a hurricane made landfall on the Gulf Coast of Texas. It destroyed the city of Galveston, Texas and killed between 7,000 and 12,000 people. This newspaper from nearby Houston, published 13 days after the Galveston hurricane made…

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British reporter Michael Buerk holds a starving Ethiopian infant. At least 400,000 people died of starvation during the famine of 1983-85. News coverage was instrumental in spurring international relief efforts.

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This photo documents the devastating tornado that touched down in the independent city of Petersburg, Virginia, on 6 August 1993 at approximately 1:30 p.m.. This tornado rapidly grew in size and strength as it moved two miles northeast into the…

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This photo is from a news report provided by the Richmond-based television station WRIC. It shows the destruction of a local Walmart by a tornado that occurred on 6 August 1993, when shoppers and employees were inside the building. One hundred…

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This newspaper article, published on June 9, 1889 just a week after the disastrous flood devastated Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding areas, discusses how the South Fork Dam collapsed and led the destructive volume of water down into the…
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