2/12/1852 a Boston, MA firefighter died “while operating at a fire that destroyed a commercial building, the Isaiah Howe’s Building, at 20 Kingston Street. He was killed when he was caught under a collapsing wall. Several other department members were badly injured.”
2/12/1924 a Chicago, IL firefighter died when he fell inside from a three-story unoccupied building fire at 2512 E. 76th Street.
2/12/1962 a Chicago, IL firefighter died while fighting a 5-11 & 4 Specials at 3548 S. Shields Ave. “The fire started in a building leased by an exporting company and spread to an adjacent building housing the Reliable Paste & Chemical Company. More than 65 pieces of fire apparatus and 450 firefighters responded to the alarm.”
2/12/1969 a Bayonne, NJ firefighter died while “fighting a fire at 812 Avenue C. A woman was trapped in her top-floor apartment. Firefighters made five attempts to reach her, but they were driven back by heat and smoke.”
2/12/1973 a Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada firefighter died as a result of injuries sustained at the fire ground.
2/12/1974 a Cleveland, OH firefighter died while operating at a four-alarm fire in a vacant four-story brick commercial building at 1430 West 9th Street. The firefighter died of smoke inhalation and burns after he fell through floor after becoming trapped in the basement.
2/12/1984 an Albany, New York firefighter died at an arson fire on Delaware Avenue.
2/12/2018 a Lawrenceburg, TN firefighter “died from injuries sustained in a structural collapse while operating at the scene of a residential structure fire. Two other firefighters were injured in the collapse and taken to the hospital. The fire started in a two-story residence along Lakeview Drive at around 4:30 p.m. According to media reports, crews transmitted a “Mayday Emergency” near 8:00 p.m. when the three firefighters became trapped as the result of a collapse.”
2/12/2015 around 9:45 a.m. an explosion at the factory in Igualada, Spain caused by an accidental contact between three chemicals forced “66,000 residents in Òdena, Igualada, Jorba y Vilanova del Camí to stay at home, close windows and doors and avoid going outside.”
2/12/1968 a fire at a Knitting factory killed nineteen of those who lived in apartment above the factory in Hong Kong.
2/12/1917 Minneapolis, MN thirteen of the sixty-eight guests died in Kenwood Hotel fire about midnight; “an explosion of gasoline in the basement of the wooden building is thought to have caused the blaze.”
2/12/1905 a fire completely destroyed the Battle House Hotel in Mobile, AL and the adjacent buildings were severely damaged about 10:45 p.m. every one of the 147 guests safely escaped.
2/12/1899 Lincoln, NE the George Segelke, a pop factory, caught fire by the explosion of gas in a coal stove and was destroyed.
2/12/1883 Kinsterdam, NY S. Blaiskell, Jr., & Co, a knitting mill was destroyed by fire after a watchman entered the cellar with a lamp causing an explosion of gasoline.
2/12/1963 Everglades, FL a Northwest Orient Airlines jet crashes and killed all forty-three on board only minutes after leaving Miami Airport.
2/12/1809 President Abraham Lincoln was born in Hodgenville, Hardin County Kentucky.