8/9/1944 Smokey Bear’s birthday, the mascot of the U.S. Forest Service was created to educate the public on the dangers of forest fires. “The advertising campaign featuring Smokey and the slogan “Smokey Says Care Will Prevent 9 out of 10 Forest Fires” began in 1944, was changed to “Remember… Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires” in 1947 and updated to “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires” in response to a massive outbreak of wildfires in natural areas other than forests (such as grasslands), and to clarify that Smokey was promoting the prevention of unplanned outdoor fires, not prescribed burns… Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention Campaign is the longest-running public service announcement campaign in United States history… The living symbol of Smokey Bear was a five-pound, three-month-old American black bear cub, found in the spring of 1950 after the Capitan Gap fire, a wildfire that burned in the Capitan Mountains of New Mexico. The bear had climbed a tree to escape a fire, his paws and hind legs had been burned. At first, the cub was called Hotfoot Teddy, but he was later renamed Smokey.”
8/9/1899 four Omaha, NE firefighters “died after being electrocuted at the Mercer chemical fire at 1112 Howard Street, when the ladder struck a power line while being moved.”
8/9/1928 a Louisville, KY firefighter died “while working at a fire at 18th and Cedar St, Captain Stephen died in the performance of his duties. The effect of heat and smoke causing his death.”
8/9/1935 a Boston, Massachusetts firefighter “fell 50 feet from an aerial ladder at a fire at 71 Eastern Avenue, Downtown. Four-alarms were transmitted on Box 1245, (Atlantic Av. & Commercial St.) at 1:11 p.m. He died at Boston City Hospital at about 5:30 p.m.”
8/9/1937 a Los Angeles, CA firefighter died from chest trauma after he was crushed when an upper floor of a church collapsed on him and members of his crew, on August 3, 1937. “The firefighter was able to free himself, and stubble out to the sidewalk area. Members of the department had called for an ambulance. At that time, it was only known that the firefighter had injured his chest and that shock was starting to set in. He was taken to Receiving Hospital where it was found that the firefighter was far more serious than had been realized. His ribs on the right side from the second to the seventh were fractured in the frontal region and the second to ninth ribs in the area next to the spine, in short, his chest was crushed. Rescue 23 erected an oxygen tent over him at the hospital but despite this and all the efforts, internal hemorrhaging continued, and traumatic pneumonia set in. He passed away at 9:55 a.m., August 9, 1937.”
8/9/1971 a Hamilton, OH firefighter “died of the injuries he sustained after being caught under a collapsed wall. At 9:30 a.m., smoke billowed up from the lower level of the Oxford Shoe Shop. The smoke soon spread next door to the Apothecary Shop as the fire continued upward through the Masonic Lodge in the 2nd-floor. Everyone escaped but assumed they would be able to return quickly after the fire was contained. At 2:00 p.m., smoke continued to pour out of all the doors and windows and flames became visible through the second-floor windows. At that point someone notified the Hamilton Fire Department. In the afternoon a team of firefighters from Hamilton arrived on scene to inspect the fire and assist Oxford’s fire crew. They had been there only a few minutes when the entire front wall of the building suddenly gave way and collapsed on top of several firefighters on the sidewalk below. One firefighter was killed, and several other firefighters were seriously injured.”
8/9/1978 an Anderson, IN firefighter “collapsed while operating at the scene of a barn fire southeast of Alexandria. He was transported to Community Hospital where he died.”
8/9/1983 a Chicago, IL firefighter of Engine Company 75 “died after responding to a house fire at 121 St & State where three children were mistakenly reported to be trapped. He typically worked at the fire hydrant during fires and was usually the last firefighter from his engine to enter a building, but as one of the first firefighters on scene, he and two other firefighters raced into the burning house in search of the children. During his search, the firefighter opened a bedroom door and exposed a fire smoldering in the bedroom to a rush of oxygen. He was badly burned in the subsequent flashover and died from his injuries.
8/9/2010 a Chicago, IL firefighter died while “battling a blaze at a downtown restaurant died from injuries he suffered when he fell about 35 feet from a fire escape. A grease fire broke out at about 12:30 a.m. at the prominent Avec restaurant at 615 W. Randolph. It was quickly extinguished.”
8/9/1965 a Titan II ICBM silo explosion and fire killed fifty-four, near Searcy, AR. There are 54 Titan II sites in the United States (18 near Little Rock, 18 near Tucson and 18 near Wichita) completed in December 1963 and are located completely underground covered by a 490-ton steel and concrete door that moves latterly on rails. The concrete and steel silo walls range from four to eight feet thick.
8/9/1960 Brownfield, TX a grain elevator dust explosion trapped a man for two hours until he was rescued by a helicopter as thousands watched in horror. Three men died and five were injured after two explosions ripped through a giant grain storage elevator and sent fire that burned for hours in the 180-foot high structure.
8/9/1910 Aspermont, TX the two-story, wood-frame Stonewall County Courthouse was destroyed by fire that was reported around 2:00 a.m. “All records of the county judge, sheriff and tax collector, and most of the surveyor’s records were burned.”
8/9/1841 Silver Creek, NY the steamer Erie burned a killed 171.
8/9/1859 the 1st elevator patented was issued.