7/3/1890 a Boston, MA firefighter died “while operating at an alarm as the engineer of the company, he was killed when he his arm got caught in the flywheel of the steamer.”
7/3/1905 two Birmingham, AL firefighters died “while operating at a major fire involving a four-story paper factory, they were killed when they were caught under a collapsing wall while operating the aerial ladder in the street.”
7/3/2010 a Wharton, TX firefighter died while working a fire in a large egg production and processing facility. “He and another firefighter advanced an attack line into the structure. They became separated from the hoseline and then from each other in the interior. The other firefighter was able to find a metal exterior wall and banged on it until firefighters on the exterior were able to cut open the wall to allow his escape. The fire progressed and attempts to locate the missing firefighter were unsuccessful. He died of thermal injuries and smoke inhalation.”
7/3/2010 a fuel tanker overturned exploded and caught fire in South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, over 230 died.
7/3/1949 Aberdeen, WA the Lafayette Residential Hotel fire that started in the lobby near the open stairwell, cutting off the main exit, killed seven and injured nine of the thirty to thirty-five guests in the two-story stone structure.
7/3/1923 Hardwick, VA fifteen homes and seven buildings were destroyed by fire. “The fire started from an explosion of fireworks in a small store directly beneath the barber shop.”
7/3/1914 New York, NY an apartment house incendiary fire killed six. “The fire was started in a stairway and the flames shot through this as in a flue, spreading to every part of the building with remarkable rapidity.”
7/3/1914 Phillips Exeter Academy fire in Exeter, NH destroyed the brick of two-story structure.
7/3/1910 Hot Springs, VA the Homestead Hotel was destroyed by fire that started in the “stave mill, swept across the track to the south, taking the station and hotel. The business portion suffered and most of the residences are destroyed.” One person was killed.
7/3/1907 Los Gatos, CA the Elmonte Hotel was destroyed by fire that started in a defective flue.
7/3/1897 Lake Ann, MI conflagration.
7/3/1884 Boston, MA Revere Rubber Company on Eastern Avenue fire was discovered at 3:00 a.m. in one of the dye-houses in the rear of the factory and quickly extended through the facility. “The buildings destroyed included the main factory, a four-story brick building 300 feet long, which covered between two and three acres, and was used for the manufacture of rubber goods and weaving of elastic fabrics. Between 400 and 500 hands were employed, and the factory was being run to its fullest capacity. It is thought the fire was caused by spontaneous combustion.”
7/3/1907 Quarterly of the National Fire Protection Association began.
7/3/1863 the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg ends after three days and 50,000 casualties. [The two armies suffered between 46,000 and 51,000 casualties. Union casualties were 23,055 (3,155 killed, 14,531 wounded, 5,369 captured or missing), while Confederate casualties are more difficult to estimate, they are currently projected at 23,231 (4,708 killed, 12,693 wounded, 5,830 captured or missing). Nearly a third of Lee’s general officers were killed, wounded, or captured.] CSA General Lee, having failed on the right and the left, assaulted Union General Meade’s center; a 15,000-man strong column under General George Pickett attacked 10,000 Federals at 3:00 p.m., Pickett led his force into no-man’s-land; in less than an hour, more than 7,000 Confederate troops had been killed or wounded, only a few hundred Virginians reached the Union line.