5/19/1857 the first U.S. patent (No. 17,355) for an automatic fire alarm system was issued to William Channing and Moses Farmer for a municipal electric fire alarm system using call boxes with automatic signaling indicating a fire’s location in Boston, MA.
5/19/1811 a Manhattan, New York firefighter died at “a fire, which started in a coach factory, was fanned by a brisk wind and went on to consume 100 houses along both sides of the street. Firefighters fought bravely for several hours before stopping the spread of the blaze. While operating at the conflagration, he collapsed due to overexertion and the extreme heat, and was taken to his home, where he died a few hours later.”
5/19/1917 a Kansas City, KS firefighter “died from the injuries he sustained when a wall had collapsed on him while he was operating at a fire at the Drought Hay Company and the Kansas City Stockyards Company, on May 16, 1917. It was believed the fire that destroyed the two warehouses was intentionally set. A second firefighter died from the injuries he sustained the day of the fire.”
5/19/1930 two Ottawa, Ontario, Canada firefighters “died from injuries received after they were both blown off ladders by a massive explosion and coved in debris. They were transported to the hospital on the hose bed of an engine, this Engine was involved in an accident at an intersection in route to the hospital.”
5/19/1936 a Memphis, TN firefighter “died as a result of serious burns sustained May 12th, when he dropped the torch he was carrying in the annual Cotton Carnival Parade to calm a frightened horse, and it exploded.”
5/19/1938 a Fitchburg, MA firefighter was killed when he fell from a ladder while operating at a dwelling fire. He was at the top of a 25 Foot ladder when pressure from his house threw him backwards onto the fence.
5/19/1943 three Salt Lake City, UT firefighters “died from injuries sustained while fighting a fire at the Victory Theater, at 48 East 300 South when the balcony and second floor of the structure caved, trapping the men.”
5/19/1951 four Peterborough, Ontario, Canada firefighters “died fighting a massive downtown blaze. The third floor of a George Street building between Hunter and Simcoe streets collapsed, killing all four firefighters of whom were battling the blaze on the building’s ground floor.”
5/19/1981 a Toledo, Ohio firefighter “died as a result of firefighting operations at Bell & Fernwood on May 18, 1981.”
5/19/2015 Baku, Azerbaijan a fire in a multi-story (sixteen-floor) residential building located in Azadlig Avenue claimed fifteen lives, five were children, and at least sixty-three people were injured, most of the victims were killed by toxic smoke. The fire burned for over three-hours. A low-quality flammable facade material had been used in the renovation by the Mayoralty of Baku, contributed to the rapid flame spread. A similar fire erupted in Baku April 10, 2015, but there were no injuries.
5/19/2010 buildings across Bangkok were set on fire by red shirt protesters after the military stormed a protest camp in the center of the city.
5/19/1928 a coal mine gas explosion killed 273, near Mather, PA.
5/19/1902 Coal Creek, Tennessee near the Fraterville Mine a gas explosion killed over 200 around 7:30 a.m.