9/19/1902 Birmingham, AL the yell of “fire” in church causes 100+ to be trampled to death at the Shiloh Baptist Church at 9 o’clock after Booker T. Washington concluded his speech to the National Convention. The Shiloh Church was a large place of worship, with more than 2,000 in attendance; cries of “Fight!” “Fight!” were mistaken for “Fire,” a deadly scramble to get out began.
9/19/1900 a Toledo, Ohio firefighter “died when he was crushed beneath falling walls during firefighting operations at Henry Rosen’s Junk Warehouse, Vance & 13th. Ten other firefighters were injured during this fire.
9/19/1905 Toronto, ON a flour mill fire killed a firefighter and injured two others. “Within 10 minutes after the firefighters got to work on the building the main floor collapsed, burring four of them.”
9/19/1936 a Louisville, KY firefighter died “while working a dump fire on Ohio Street. He was overcome by yellow smoke coming from the fire. He was taken to the City Hospital and died there about one hour after entry to the hospital.”
9/19/1971 a Yardville, NJ firefighter died while he “was operating at dwelling fire involving the basement of the house. During the suppression efforts an explosion occurred sending the roof into the air and collapsing the walls and floor. Four firefighters were injured, one succumbed to the blaze.”
9/19/1984 a Shreveport, LA firefighter “died as a result of critical burns sustained on September 17th when he was answering a call at the Dixie Cold Storage building for an anhydrous ammonia leak in the building. He and another firefighter where inside, a spark caused an explosion. The firefighter was unable to get out of the building. He was a member of the Hazardous Material Team.”
9/19/1990 an early morning fire in a board and care facility in Bessemer, Alabama resulted in four deaths, eleven residents were evacuated. “An inadequate water supply for an installed residential sprinkler system resulted in the system not operating properly illustrating important code enforcement lessons.”
9/19/1908 Vallejo, CA Navy Ship Yard, an explosion of 250 gallons of gasoline on board a barge moored abreast the submarine Grampus and Pike killed two.
9/19/1843 Bayou Sara, LA, on the Mississippi River, the Steamer Clipper Number 1 boiler exploded while backing out from her moorings at the landing that killed fourteen, nine were injured and ten missing.
9/19/1957, the U.S. detonates a 1.7 kiloton nuclear weapon in an underground tunnel at the Nevada Test Site (NTS) a 1,375 square mile research center located 65 miles north of Las Vegas.
9/19/1881 the 20th President James Abram Garfield died two months after being shot; Garfield was the second U.S. President to be assassinated, he served 199 days. “He was shot by Charles J. Guiteau, disgruntled by failed efforts to secure a federal post, on July 2, 1881, at 9:30 a.m. The President had been walking through the Sixth Street Station of the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad (a predecessor of the Pennsylvania Railroad) in Washington, D.C.”