3/3/1883 an Albany, New York firefighter was killed while operating at a general alarm grain elevator fire.
3/3/1884 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter “died as a result of injuries sustained February 20th, when he was caught under a collapsing wall while operating at a fire in the Lathbury flour warehouse.”
3/3/1907 a Newark, NJ firefighter died while “he was fighting a café fire in the basement of 156 Market Street when he was overcome by smoke. He collapsed into a pool of water on the floor and died from drowning.”
3/3/1920 two Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) firefighters “died as a result of severe burns they sustained in a gas explosion on February 26th.”
3/3/1934 two London, Ontario, Canada firefighters died while fighting a fire at the Hunt’s Co’s Flour Mill on Nightinggale Ave in the city’s east end. “On the night of March 3, at 5:20 p.m., the crew from Station 2 on Dundas Street responded to a fire in the Mill. Upon arrival, they found smoke coming from the upper floor of the six-story mill building. The Chief had the men stretch a line to the top floor and help with search and rescue, as several mill employees were still in the building. The Chief of Department arrived on scene and sounded a 2nd Alarm. The smoke started to get thicker and it was hard to find the seat of the fire. Two members were operating inside, when a dust explosion occurred, and the fire quickly grew. With zero visibility and high heat, the crews split up and were forced to seek windows, while two firefighters found the hose and followed it to the stairwell. Part of the group was rescued off the 6th floor by an aerial ladder, at full extension. Another group was not able to be reached by aerials, and two firefighters, actually found a window and jumped the 75 feet to a life net, surviving with injuries to them and the members holding the life net. Two firefighters were both last seen trying to make their way to a window, but were overcome by smoke and died. The Fire grew rapidly, and a defensive attack was set up. Recovery operations could not begin until the next morning and the bodies were recovered under the debris.”
3/3/1947 a London, Ontario, Canada firefighter died while fighting a fire at 9:58 p.m. in the area of the Grand Dairy Lunch on Richmond Street in Downtown London. “Upon arrival, he found a serious fire in the London Venetian Blind Manufacturing Company just north of the Grand Theatre. He ordered a fast attack from Pumper 1 and as he assisted in stretching the hose, he collapsed.
3/3/1970 a Boston, MA firefighter “died of injuries he received during a very stubborn cellar fire in a carpet store at 2235 Washington Street, Roxbury, a three-alarm fire, Box 2124, (Washington & Palmer Streets). The smoke was very thick, and he had just come out of the basement to change his air tank for the third time when he collapsed.”
3/3/1970 a Thurston-Walterville, OR firefighter died “while fighting fire, manning a 2-½ inch hose, during a fully involved single family structure fire, when he suddenly collapsed.
3/3/1982 a Bridgeport, CT firefighter “died of the injuries he sustained after being caught in a roof collapse.
3/3/1985 a Freeport, NY firefighter “died while operating at Box 232.”
3/3/2013 a fire killed nine children at Senegalese Koranic School while forty children were sleeping in a crowded room at a Koranic school in the Senegalese capital Dakar
3/3/2012 Warren, OH a man, a woman, and two children died in a house fire; there were no working smoke alarms in the home
3/3/1992 a gas explosion in coal mine at Zonguldak, Turkey killed 263.
3/3/1962 an explosion killed thirty-one as they filled gasoline cans from leaking truck in Syria.
3/3/1960 Palmyra, MO a gas explosion wrecked a two-story brick building leaving one dead and two injured during a snow storm.
3/3/1916 Hastings-On-Hudson, New York a gas pipe fire on the first floor quickly spread through the walls of a large frame tenement on Depot Square occupied by 50 families. Many families, disinclined to put their money in banks, hid their cash in their rooms. A large sofa, pushed out a first-floor window, was quickly surrounded by over a dozen men who tore it apart and recovered rolls of bills.
3/3/1911 Albany, WI “a fire totally destroyed two buildings, put the electric light plant out of business and damaged several other stores” in the small town.
3/3/1908 the three-story frame school house in Rock Hill, TX was destroyed by a fire
3/3/1898 the Every One’s Home Hotel, the adjoining saloon, and dance hall in Dyea, AK was destroyed by fire that killed five where more than twenty persons were sleeping.
3/3/1896 Bristol, PA the Providence Hosiery Mills, on Buckley Street was totally destroyed by fire shortly before 1:00 a.m.
3/3/1896 Danbury, CT 15 buildings were destroyed by fire caused by the explosion of an alcohol tank in a hat shop
3/3/1890 Wilkes-Barre, PA a coal mine gas explosion and fire killed seven.
3/3/1905 U.S. Forest Service was formed
3/3/1791 the first internal revenue act taxed distilled spirits and carriages was enacted.
3/3/1931 U.S. President Herbert Hoover signed legislation that officially designated ¨The Star-Spangled Banner¨ as America’s National Anthem. For more than a century, the song had grown in popularity among Americans and by the third decade of the 20th century had already become the nation’s de facto anthem