Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

"
If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"
Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

75 Years Ago Tonight

The Cocoanut Grove Fire broke out at this time on November 28, 1942.

It was the second-deadliest fire in American history.

The nightclub operator was convicted of manslaughter, only to be released early, because he was dying of cancer..

5 comments:

Deadstick said...

...and it's why revolving doors now have to be flanked by outward-opening doors.

M. Bouffant said...

Also:
"Cocoanut Grove" nightclub in Boston, Massachusetts, catches fire; Ensigns George W. Carlson and Mac A. Cason, SC-V(P), USNR, driving through the city at that hour, respond immediately when they see flames issuing from the burning building. Exhibiting courage, leadership and resourcefulness, these two Supply Corps officers, who organize rescue parties from enlisted men they see in the gathering crowd, are later deemed "the cause of saving more lives than any other single agency." Despite rescuers' efforts, however, 492 people perish in the tragedy.


(When I saw "75 Years Ago Tonight" in my news feed, I thought one of my 75 yrs. ago in WWII at sea items had gotten loose ahead of schedule.)

Sam240 said...

Second-deadliest single-building fire, behind the Iroquois Theater disaster.

The Peshtigo Fire of 1871, the General Slocum fire, and the Cloquet forest fire all killed more people than the Cocoanut Grove inferno.

Nebris said...

"Later, during the cleanup of the building, firefighters found several dead guests sitting in their seats with drinks in their hands. They had been overcome so quickly by fire and toxic smoke that they had not had time to move." Geezus

M. Bouffant said...

Nebris! Fancy seeing you here!

At least they went quickly.