10/17/1966 the Wonder Drugs on East 23rd St New York, NY a mercantile building fire killed twelve firefighters at 9:36 p.m. E-18 and L-7 responded to fire in the store’s basement. A five-inch insulated concrete floor collapsed sending ten men into the inferno, two were killed when a fire ball exploded from the basement. “A raging fire in the basement of a four-story brick loft building, caused the first floor to collapse, pitching most of the firefighters who were operating there into the roaring inferno. The ensuing collapse of the upper floors made immediate rescue attempts impossible. Many firefighters had close brushes with death that night and many heroic rescues were made. Several firefighters were seriously injured, but 12 died in the collapse. The fire went to five alarms.” “A lengthy inquiry showed that a cellar wall had been moved, leaving the drugstore’s five-inch-thick terrazzo floor unsupported and vulnerable to collapse.”
10/17/1886 a Saint Paul, MN firefighter “died from a fall down an elevator shaft at a fire at Sherman Block Carpet Company, 6th & Wabasha.”
10/17/1937 a Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) firefighter “died of smoke inhalation while operating at a single-alarm fire.”
10/17/1945 a Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) firefighter “was found unconscious in an apartment at 1899 Broadway, after firefighters extinguished a blaze there. He died in route to Bushwick Hospital.”
10/17/1970 a Manhattan, New York (FDNY) firefighter “was killed when he fell through a boarded over area and fell down an elevator shaft while venting the roof at a single-alarm fire.”
10/17/1981 a Faison, North Carolina firefighter “was injured at a house fire on March 15‚ 1981 when a roof collapsed on him. He passed away from his injuries on October 17‚ 1981.”
10/17/2003 Cook County (Chicago, IL) Administration High-rise building fire killed six and trapped workers in smoke-filled stairways in a 35-story high-rise building, the fire broke out in the Illinois Secretary of State offices on the 12th floor.
10/17/1989 San Francisco Bay, CA. earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter Scale hit the area and caused about sixty-seven deaths, 3,000 injuries, and damages up to $7 billion.
10/17/2001 Anthrax was discovered in U.S. Senate office building.