7/26/1860 a Manhattan, New York firefighter “died from the injuries he sustained while operating at a basement fire.”
7/26/1870 three firefighters died in Philadelphia, PA when a wall collapsed at a sugar refinery fire. “The sugar refinery of Messrs, Newhall, Borie & Company was seven stories high, filled with valuable machinery and a large stock of refined sugars. During the fire the rear wall fell on the adjoining building, crushing it, and carrying down nine firefighters. Another firefighter (the fourth to die) was critically injured and died the next day as a result of injuries sustained.”
7/26/1904 a Savannah, GA firefighter “died from the injuries he sustained after being caught a wall collapse, at 541 Indian Street.”
7/26/1928 a Reisterstown, Baltimore County, Maryland firefighter died after arriving at a car fire. He stretched a hose line and began to approach the vehicle. Suddenly, the auto’s gas tank exploded, covering him with flaming gasoline. He was rushed to the hospital, where he died a short time later as a result of injuries sustained.
7/26/1942 a South Ozone Park, Queens, New York (FDNY) firefighter died while he “was serving a Magistrate’s Court summons to the owner of two fifty-five-gallon drums of gasoline. After the summons was served, he stayed behind to watch the gasoline. At midnight his relief showed up. The firefighter needed a sample of the gasoline for court, turned on a light to look for a bottle for the sample. As he turned on an electric light, the gasoline fumes exploded seriously burning him and his relief. He died in Mary Immaculate Hospital.”
7/26/1944 a Sacramento, CA firefighter “died while operating at a fire from smoke inhalation.”
7/26/1951 a Lowell, MA firefighter “died after he suffered the effects of smoke inhalation.”
7/26/1980, a fire in a licensed hotel in the resort town of Bradley Beach, New Jersey killed twenty-four of the thirty-eight residents, most were elderly with mental impairments and had been referred to the hotel by state mental health care institutions of the county welfare department. The fire, probably of electrical origin, started in a concealed space above the ceiling in the basement recreation room and spread to upper floors by means of an open door and a three-story stairway.
7/26/1960 a grain elevator explosion in Brownfield, TX killed three.
7/26/1913 the Rochester, NY Newspaper was destroyed by fire; the 4th fire in two weeks in the same building.
7/26/1894 A. H. Sweet & Company, a three-story wooden box factory, burned down in 30 minutes in Norton, MA.
7/26/1894 the Knox Warehouse was destroyed from a gasoline fire in Washington, DC.
7/26/1891 several buildings in the town of Los Gatos, CA were destroyed by fire.
7/26/1882 the Waukesha, WI conflagration started in a stable in the rear of the Mansion House livery barns.
7/26/1978 a Eureka, MO amusement park accident killed three and injured one when a gondola fell carrying four passengers 70 feet above an amusement park that slipped off the cable and plunged to the ground after a support arm on a tower broke. About 60 persons were stranded and rescued in the 15 remaining cable cars at Six Flags over Mid-America Park, the last reached safety four hours after the accident.
7/26/1990 the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) passed, greatly affecting safety codes. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits, under certain circumstances, discrimination based on disability. Disability is defined as “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity.”
7/26/1947 the National Security Act was enacted formally took effect in September 1947. The National Security Act had three main parts: 1st it streamlined and unified the nation’s military bringing together the Navy Department and War Department under a new Department of Defense, 2nd the act established the National Security Council (NSC) based in the White House, and 3rd created the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).