History Stories
CATEGORY: Disasters
These Humans Survived Crocodile Attacks. Here Are 6 Ways You Can, Too
May 4, 2018

Historically, crocodile attacks are 100 times deadlier than shark attacks—and far more frequent—ranging from harrowing individual confrontations to a mass attack on World War II soldiers. Read More

Why Did the Titanic Sink?
April 12, 2018

High speeds, a fatal wrong turn, cut costs, weather conditions, a dismissed key iceberg warning and lack of binoculars and lifeboats all contributed to one of the worst maritime tragedies. Read More

The Forgotten Fire That Leveled New York
March 21, 2018

The Great Fire of 1835 destroyed nearly 700 buildings. Read More

How an Obscure 1920 U.S. Law is Crippling Puerto Rico’s Recovery
September 27, 2017

Is it time to alter or abolish the Jones Act? Read More

How America’s Most Powerful Men Caused America’s Deadliest Flood
August 11, 2017

A desire to fish created an epic 1889 flood. Read More

The Great Molasses Flood of 1919
January 13, 2017

Sugary-sweet molasses turned deadly on January 15, 1919, when a holding tank burst and sent 2.3 million gallons of the sticky liquid sweeping through the streets of Boston. Read More

The Disaster that Deluged Florence’s Cultural Treasures
November 3, 2016

Explore what happened during the 1966 disaster when the Arno River burst its banks in the city of Florence. Read More

New Study Suggests Solar Storm in 1967 Nearly Caused Nuclear War
August 12, 2016

A new study reveals how a powerful solar storm nearly caused the Cold War to erupt into a nuclear struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union. Read More

8 Things You May Not Know About Chernobyl
April 25, 2016

Explore some surprising facts about history’s worst nuclear accident. Read More

Chicago’s Deadliest Day
July 24, 2015

On the centennial of the capsizing of SS Eastland, which claimed 844 lives, look back at the deadliest disaster in Chicago history. Read More