Today in History: January 8th

2011: U.S. congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others are shot near Tucson, Arizona. Six die including a judge and a 9-year-old child, and Giffords is seriously wounded.

2008: The New Hampshire primary of the US Presidential race takes place.

Political Conventions – The Smell of the Greasepaint

1780: An earthquake hits Tabriz, Iran, killing about 200,000 people.

An Ounce of Prevention: Earthquake Simulation

Today in History: January 6th

1839: The ‘Night of the Big Wind’ in Ireland — a severe windstorm (the worst in 300 years) sweeps across the country. Around 300 are killed, Connacht, Ulster and Leinster suffer varying degrees of property damage, and 42 ships are wrecked.

1941: President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers his ‘Four Freedoms’ State of the Union address.

1950: The United Kingdom recognizes the People’s Republic of China, prompting Taiwan to sever diplomatic relations with the UK.

1995: An apartment complex chemical fire in Manila, Philippines, leads to the discovery of plans for the Bojinka terrorist plot, a plan to blow up 12 planes and approximately 4000 passengers on their way from Asia to the USA.

2005: A collision involving two trains in Graniteville, South Carolina, USA releases about 60 tons of chlorine gas. Nine people die and at least 250 require treatment for chlorine exposure. 5400 residents living within a mile of the crash are forced to evacuate for 2 weeks while decontamination occurs.

See also Leadership in Canada, Learning from Past Disasters, A Ticket to Ride (Planning for Security and Safety), 9/11, the Resurgence of Russia