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 2nd

2006: A coal mine explosion Sago, West Virginia, USA traps 13 miners; only one survives the ordeal. See also Learning from Past Disasters

1999: A heavy snowstorm strikes the Midwestern United States and Eastern Canada, killing over 70 people and paralyzing Chicago and Toronto. Travel across the region is disrupted with impassable roads, halted rail service and thousands of flights cancelled and most airports closed. Mayor Mel Lastman of Toronto calls in the Canadian Forces to assist with snow removal.

1909: Barry Goldwater, prominent politician and US Presidential Candidate, is born.

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