6/24/1973 a fire killed thirty-two patrons and injured twelve others at the UpStairs Lounge, a second-floor bar in New Orleans’ French Quarter. The nightclub was a popular gay bar located on the second floor of a three-story building. The last day of “Pride Weekend” about sixty members of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Community Church, the only gay church in America at that time, showed up at the lounge. The buzzer downstairs was heard, and a patron tried to answer the door but encountered the entire staircase in flames. The occupants desperately tried to escape, but the fire spread rapidly upstairs. “When firefighters extinguished the blaze at the UpStairs Lounge in New Orleans, LA they found a pile of charred bodies, some embracing and others pressed against the windows.” “An empty can of lighter fluid was found in the stairwell was, leading authorities to determine the fire was arson and was set in main entrance on the stairway; combustible wood paneling and carpet provided fuel that block the normal exit route.” “The primary suspect in the crime was a local hustler named Rodger Nunez. He’d visited UpStairs Lounge numerous times shortly before the fire broke out but was kicked out after getting into a confrontation with another patron. He reportedly screamed, “I’m gonna burn you all out,” before leaving. Nunez was questioned by the police on several occasions but always maintained his innocence. But according to one of his friends, Nunez would often become inebriated and confess to starting the fire but would renounce his claims when sober again. Nunez took his own life in November 1974, and although it was never officially confirmed that he was the perpetrator of the fire, the case was officially closed in 1980.”
6/24/1873 a Springfield, OH firefighter “fell to his death while advancing hose line to the belfry at First Lutheran Church fire (Wittenberg Ave. and High St.) that had been struck by lightning. He fell 35 feet and had suffered a broken neck upon landing.”
6/24/1898 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter “died of injuries he sustained in a wall collapse at the Thomas Potter Oil Cloth Company.”
6/24/1902 a Dallas, TX firefighter “died operating at a fire at Haskell Avenue and Simpson Street. He had fallen unconscious from the heat and smoke. The fire had gone on for two hours and twenty-three homes were destroyed.”
6/24/1905 a theatre in Red Bank, NJ fire injured eleven, ten firefighters, that started from badly insulated electric wire under scenery behind the stage.
6/24/1943 a Pick-up firefighter for the California Department of Forestry, Sweetwater Canyon, Monterey, CA suffered fatal burns battling a brush fire in Sweetwater Canyon on June 22, 1943. He died on June 24th. He was only 15 years old. In 1944 some high school athletes were allowed to obtain seasonal jobs with their county forestry department due to manpower shortage caused by World War II. Participants were usually required to be at least 16 years old. How 15 year old got the job is unknown.”
6/24/1994 a Boston, MA firefighter “died after leading his company in a successful search for two other trapped firefighters at a nine-alarm blaze in a vacant waterfront warehouse in the Charlestown section of Boston. He apparently became disoriented in the heavy smoke conditions and was separated from his company as they rescued the trapped firefighters. He radioed that he was trapped but several rescue efforts to find him were unsuccessful. He died of smoke inhalation and his body was recovered by his company several hours later.”
6/24/2018 a Hillsboro, Ohio firefighter “was working with compressed air cylinders when he was critically injured by one of the cylinders. He was airlifted to the Kettering Medical Center where he passed away from injuries sustained in the accident.”
6/242013 One person was killed in an explosion at a fertilizer in plant in Union Mills, Indiana.
6/24/1923 Hampton Beach, NH a fire that started in a garage, housing 22 automobiles, extended a hotel and heavy damage two cottages.
6/24/1909 Glens Falls, NY the Fort William Henry Hotel, the largest resort on Lake George was destroyed by fire that started around 4:00 a.m.
6/24/1893 Kalamazoo, MI the Spring & Axle Works fire started in the molding-room before noon that gutted the rear of the building.
6/24/1892 Sanger, CA a commercial hotel fire injured several; the frame building burned to the ground in 15 minutes.
6/24/1873 Point Breeze, DE a fire at Point Breeze, near League Island, below Philadelphia, destroyed Turner’s stables at the Point Breeze Trotting Park that killed eleven of seventeen horses in the stables.
6/24/1966 Senate passes the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act; signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson the following September that created the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the Department of Transportation. “Among the first safety standards adopted by the agency were seat belts, windshield wipers, glare reduction on interior and exterior surfaces, padded visors and dashboards, recessed control knobs, outside mirrors, impact-absorbing steering columns, dual braking systems and standardized bumper heights.”