7/8/1946 a Tucson, AZ firefighter died at a fire that developed in some paper and rages under the bed of a city garbage truck. “The driver of the dump truck drove the burning vehicle to Station 2 on North Fourth Avenue, with flames shooting from beneath the floor of the truck. The firefighter quickly grabbed a fire extinguisher, ordered the driver to raise the body of the dump truck. He worked at putting the fire out. Witnesses said that he then places his head between the raised bed and the frame to make certain the fire was completely extinguished. About the same time, the driver climbed back into the cab and released the bed back to its normal position. His head was caught and crushed, and he had died instantly.”
7/8/1982 a Hammond, Indiana firefighter “died as a result of burns he received after being electrocuted, while fighting a fire.”
7/8/1959 an excursion boat fire killed fifty-five at Haderslev Park Lake, Jutland, Denmark.
7/8/1911 Kineo, ME 3,500 acres burned in Frenchtown District.
7/8/1901 a fire destroyed two structures at the Angola Convict Farm outside of Baton Rouge, LA.
7/8/1892 St. John’s NF the city was destroyed by fire that claimed seven lives. “Three thousand people are homeless and will be absolutely dependent upon public assistance.”
7/8/1864 Salmon Falls, NH conflagration: “large factories and several buildings in the vicinity are in flames.”
7/8/1947 the 509th Bomb Group recovered a crashed “flying disc” from a ranch near Roswell, NM; “the Commanding General of the Eighth Air Force stated that, in fact, a weather balloon had been recovered by RAAF personnel, rather than a “flying saucer.” A subsequent press conference was called, featuring debris said to be from the crashed object that seemed to confirm the weather balloon description.”
7/8/1693 New York City authorizes 1st police uniforms in American colonies.