Today in History: February 3rd

1972: The first day of a blizzard that lasts seven days in Iran, killing at least 4,000 people, making it the deadliest snowstorm in history.

1959: American rock and roll singer Buddy Holly dies in a plane crash at the age of 22, along with Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, known as “The Big Bopper.”

1916: Fire breaks out in the Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. Seven people die in the blaze. The Centre Block is rebuilt and is completed in 1920.

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