On This Day: The Vajont Dam Disaster (Oct 9th, 1963)

The Vajont Dam Disaster: October 9, 1963, the lives of 2500 people were washed away in minutes as massive waves spilled over the concrete arch dam into the Longarone Valley in Italy. Completed in 1961, the dam created a landslide into its reservoir that generated a wall of water that destroyed the surrounding towns

On This Day: Hurricane Hazel (October 1954)

Hurricane Hazel: The circumstances that surrounded the appearance of Hurricane Hazel in October 1954 were totally unexpected. Having laid a path of destruction through the Caribbean and Carolinas, Hazel settled inland over the Alleghenies and was expected to die a natural death. Here, however, she re-fueled with the help of a low-pressure system and rushed towards Lake Ontario in Canada. While the hurricane struck Toronto with forceful winds and rain, the destruction was due more to the inadequately prepared flood plains. Whole streets disappeared near the banks of Toronto's rivers, taking with them over 80 victims. One survivor was a newborn child, plucked from her father's arms moments

On This Day: THE QUEEN MARY/CURACOA CRASH (Oct 2nd, 1942)

Bigger than the Titanic, the Queen Mary was one of the most famous ocean liners of its time. During WWII, she entered active duty as a troop transport ship. On October 2, 1942, as she rounded the coast of Ireland, she was joined by six destroyers and HMS Curacoa as an escort. The zigzag pattern of the destroyers caused heavy wakes and forced all eight ships to make constant minor course corrections. Eventually these corrections, combined with the superior speed of the Queen Mary, proved disastrous. The Queen Mary first nudged the Curacoa’s stern and then ploughed right through it, cutting the smaller ship in half. 338 of the 429 people onboard the Curacoa drowned as the Queen Mary conti