9/16/1920 the first documented vehicle bombing occurred in New York City on Wall Street. The explosion killed forty in front of headquarters of the J. P. Morgan Company caused by a bomb in a one-horse wagon. Around noon, a horse-drawn wagon passed lunchtime crowds and stopped across the street from the bank at 23 Wall Street, in the Financial District. The wagon was loaded with 100 pounds (45 kg) of dynamite and 500 pounds (230 kg) of heavy cast-iron sash weights. “The forty fatalities were mostly young people who worked as messengers, stenographers, clerks, and brokers. Within one minute of the explosion, William H. Remick, president of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), suspended trading to prevent a panic.” The perpetrator was never discovered.
9/16/1987 a protocol to limit world production of Halon was signed in Montreal, PQ; the “Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer” is an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production of a number of substances believed to be responsible for ozone depletion.
9/16/1890 a Malden, MA firefighter “died of the injuries he sustained after he was struck by a fire hydrant cap.”
9/16/1930 a Boston, MA firefighter “was electrocuted while standing in water when a high voltage power line fell to the street. The fire was at 100 Ruggles Street, Roxbury, a two-alarm fire, Box 2232, (Ruggles & Auburn Streets) at 2203 hours.”
9/16/1950 a Sacramento, CA firefighter “was called in on his day off to fight a fire at the Tuesday Clubhouse on L Street. He was on the roof with several other firefighters when it collapsed, and they were thrown into the fire. He and the other firefighters were rescued and carried across the street to Sutter General Hospital, where he died of his injuries.”
9/16/1972 a Newark, NJ firefighter died after “he fell down a staircase after attempting to save occupants at a three-alarm fire. He was treated for injuries, went home, and later suffered a heart attack. He was rushed to the hospital where he died.”
9/16/1977 a Franklin, PA firefighter died while he “was working a structure fire on Otter Street. He was conducting overhaul operations in the basement of the structure when he collapsed. He was transported from the scene to the local Emergency Room where he passed away.”
9/16/1989 a St. Paul, MN fire investigator “died from fire-related causes after investigating fire, 1607 Breda.”
9/16/1995 a Baltimore, Maryland firefighter “was killed when a 1-½ foot thick-granite wall collapsed on him while he was engaged in forcible entry at a nine-alarm fire at a 19th-century warehouse/ foundry that had been converted to numerous shops and businesses in the Clipper Industrial Park. Eighteen other firefighters were also injured at this blaze.”
9/16/2019 a Farmington (Maine) firefighter was killed, and three firefighters were critically injured in an explosion. “The explosion happened at 313 Farmington Falls Road, (Route 2). The building was the central office for LEAP Inc., which provides support for people with developmental, cognitive and intellectual disabilities. Pictures from the scene showed a building in ruins. Witnesses reported seeing rubble everywhere and smoke in the sky.” “Firefighters were called to the scene on Route 2 around 8:07 a.m. for a propane smell in the building. The explosion took place minutes later. One firefighter was killed, and six other Farmington firefighters were injured.”
9/16/1968 Hendersonville, TN the home of singer Roy Orbison was destroyed by fire that killed his two sons, ages 6 and 11. Orbison was touring England when the tragedy occurred. An aerosol can, probably containing lacquer, was most likely responsible for the fire; the two boys were playing with an aerosol can in the basement of the house.
9/16/1935 Macon, MO the Casino Theater fire killed two when film in the projection booth ignited. “The film a highly inflammable (flammable) substance became ignited about five minutes until 12 o’clock. Brooks was able to give a slight explanation, saying that the electric soldering iron with which they were working was dropped and that the small projection room was immediately filled with white-hot flames.” Eastman Kodak began using Nitrocellulose as the first flexible film base in August,1889; Nitrocellulose (also: cellulose nitrate, flash paper, flash cotton, guncotton, flash string) is a highly flammable compound formed by nitrating cellulose through exposure to nitric acid or another nitrating agent.
9/16/1924 Salisbury, PA conflagration started about 3:00 in a store and destroyed the east side of Grant Street between Union and Fourth Streets in the center of the town.
9/16/1879 Hastings, Nebraska two hotels, a bank, a printing office, and an elevator are among the thirty-three buildings destroyed by fire that originated in the basement of a drug store, when an oil lamp exploded.
9/16/1879 the Rindskopt’s Distillery was destroyed by a fire in Milwaukee, WI
9/16/1879 the “Deaf and Dumb Institute” in Delavan, WI was destroyed by fire around 8:30 a.m. all of the 147 patients in attendance were rescued. The fire was discovered in the cupola of the main building.
9/16/1865 Augusta, ME the entire business portion of the city was destroyed by a fire that started in a new wooden building on Water Street.
9/16/1859 Chicago, IL a fire destroyed several buildings in the business section that started in the a stable and communicated to the blacksmith shop at 45 Canal Street and traveled in different directions “consuming the entire block bounded by Clinton, North Canal, Westlake and Fulton Streets.”