On 9/15/1963 a bomb exploded during Sunday morning services in the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama killing four young girls. “The church bombing and the fire was the third in Birmingham in 11 days after a federal order came down to integrate Alabama’s school system. Fifteen sticks of dynamite were planted in the church basement, underneath what turned out to be the girls’ restroom. The bomb detonated at 10:19 a.m.”
On 9/15/1871 a fire destroyed Pioche, Nevada, and killed thirteen. It started in a restaurant during a celebration commemorating Mexican independence and spread quickly, reaching the Felsenthal Store where 300 barrels of blasting powder were stored. The explosion and fire killed thirteen, injured forty-seven, and left the entire town homeless. “One of the worst fires in the West took place on September 15, 1871. It began in a Main Street restaurant shortly after midnight during a celebration commemorating Mexican independence. Quickly spreading, it reached the Felsenthal Store which held a stone fireproof structure in the cellar where 300 barrels of blasting powder were stored. The intense heat ignited the blasting powder erupting into an explosion that shot nearly 400 feet into the air. The eruption was so strong it blew a 1,000-pound door clear out of town, showered the community with flaming debris, and left most of the population homeless. It also killed 13 people and injured 47. The destruction was estimated to have been at $500,000.”
On 9/15/1884 a Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) firefighter was killed while operating at a fire in an oil refinery.
On 9/15/1889 five Louisville, Kentucky firefighters died at a fire in the Bamberger, Bloom & Company at 6th & Main. “Within an hour, firefighters lay dead in the rubble when they were caught in a collapse of the building. Several large commercial buildings were lost in the blaze.”
On 9/15/1974 a Hartford, Connecticut firefighter died while “entering a one-story brick automobile trim building to make their initial attack on the three-alarm fire, the roof suddenly collapsed killing the firefighter and injuring six others. It was the second major fire in the building in two days.”
On 9/15/1982 a Columbus, Ohio firefighter “died while operating at a warehouse fire at 144 S. Glenwood Avenue.”
On 9/15/2011 two Sunset Colony, South Dakota firefighters died “when a coal bin exploded. The incident occurred in the northeast part of South Dakota. The two firefighters had been on top of the structure putting out the fire when another explosion happened and blew off the top and south wall of the building, killing them both. Initially, firefighters thought it was under control when the explosion occurred.”
On 09/15/2013 a fire destroyed a mobile home in Tiffin, Ohio that killed a man and five young children, in a park of about 85 mobile homes. The five children ranged in age from about 1 to about 5 or 6.
On 9/15/2010 four people died in the early morning (shortly after 3:00 a.m.) panhandle wood-frame house fire near Quincy Florida.
On 9/15/1944 the historic Alabama Hotel in Anniston, Alabama burned to the ground. Two people lost their lives in the fire.
On 9/15/1890 in St Louis, Missouri a locomotive boiler explosion killed two in the yards of the Saint Louis, Kansas City, and Colorado Railroad.
On 9/15/1896 Crush, Texas, a temporary “city” was established as a one-day publicity stunt south of the town of West in McLennan County, for a staged head-on train collision that was witnessed by thirty thousand people. “Both engines were completely telescoped and, despite all precaution, both boilers promptly exploded, hurling a shower of iron and steel for several hundred yards around, injuring five persons, two seriously and two perhaps fatally.” “William George Crush, general passenger agent of the Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad (popularly known as the “Katy”, from its “M-K-T” initials), conceived the idea to demonstrate a staged train wreck as a public spectacle. No admission was charged, or train fares to the crash site.” As a result, an estimated 40,000 people—more people than lived in the state’s second-largest city at the time, attended the exhibition on Tuesday, September 15, 1896. The event was planned to showcase the deliberate head-on collision of two unmanned locomotives at high speed; unexpectedly, the impact caused both engine boilers to explode, resulting in a shower of flying debris that killed two people and caused numerous injuries among the spectators.
On 9/15/1919 a powerful hurricane made landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas. The storm killed 125 and left over 4,000 homeless.
On 9/15/1968 in San Antonio, Texas, HemisFair, a monorail accident killed one and injured forty-eight.
On 9/15/2013 six people were transported to local hospitals during a concert in Humboldt Park after people were trampled in Chicago, Illinois.