5/16/1896 a Chicago, IL firefighter was electrocuted at a fire.
5/16/1909 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter died from injuries he sustained after falling from a fire escape at 831 Arch Street.
5/16/1968 an Atlanta, GA firefighter “died as a result of critical burns sustained May 1st, when he was sprayed with flaming gasoline after the gas tank of a burning taxicab exploded at 1630 Peachtree Street N.W.”
5/16/1976 four Philadelphia, PA firefighters were killed as a result of a basement fire and floor collapse at Barson’s Deli at Bustleton and Castor Avenues.
5/16/2009 Shell Knob, MO a mobile home fire killed a 22-year-old man, a 20-year-old woman and her three children ages three, two-years-old, and seven-months-old.
5/16/1938 a pre-dawn fire at the Terminal Hotel killed thirty-eight on Spring Street in downtown Atlanta, GA. The fire started in the basement of the five-story brick and frame building about 3:00 a.m. the “$1.00 and up a day hotel” was the home to many railroad men in downtown.
5/16/1860 a train accident on the Florida Atlantic and Gulf Coast Railroad about thirteen miles from Jacksonville, Florida killed three and injured more or less every person on board when “the train encountered a drove of cattle which threw the train off track.”
5/16/2010 a 5.8 magnitude earthquake was felt on Puerto Rico.
5/16/1849 New York City Board of Health establishes a hospital for cholera victims. “New York City’s first street-cleaning plan was implemented in the face of the epidemic.”