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On May 18, 1927, 45 people, mostly children, were killed and 58 were injured when disgruntled and demented school board member Andrew Kehoe dynamited the new school building in Bath, Michigan out of revenge over his foreclosed farm due in part to the taxes required to pay for the new school.

The 3rd largest city in the USA was founded by a Black man. Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable was first settler in Chicago, arriving from Europe in 1770s. He married a Native Potawatomi Indian woman (Kittahawa) & founded first trading post in area. The Town of Chicago was organized with a population of 350, August 1833. Born in Saint-Marc, Saint-Domingue (now Haiti), he built the first permanent settlement at the mouth of the river just east of present Michigan Avenue Bridge on the north bank.

The Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire was the worst fire disaster in American history. It occurred November 1942 in Boston. 492 people were killed and 100s more injured. The nightclub was filled to double its legal capacity when it caught fire. The fire spread extremely quickly, many exits were locked and people panicked and were trampled. The tragedy led to laws banning inward-swinging doors, revolving doors without regular doors next to them and required exit signs to be visible at all…


Bath, MI

The Bath school disaster was three bombings in Bath, Michigan, on May 18, 1927, which killed 38 elementary school children, two teachers, four other adults and the bomber himself; at least 58 people were injured. Most of the victims were children in the second to sixth grades. The bomber, school board treasurer Andrew Kehoe, was enraged by a tax levied to fund the construction of a school building.

Opening of the Panama Canal, August 15, 1914.

This is the first known photograph of the American flag taken on June 21, 1873. The flag was flown over Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland during an infamous battle between the British and the United States during the War of 1812 that inspired witness Francis Scott Key to pen "The Star-Spangled Banner."

1860 Slaves on a S.C. Plantation

On May 22, 1843, the first major wagon train headed for the American Northwest sets out with one thousand pioneers from Elm Grove, Missouri on the Oregon Trail.

On July 28, 1945, a United States military plane crashes into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building, killing 14 people and injuring 26. The freak accident was caused by heavy fog.