"On This Day" The Cocoanut Grove Fire, October 28,1942
One night in Boston in 1942, over a 1000 people poured into a nightclub licensed for 460. When a fire was discovered, panic broke out in the overcrowded rooms. 433 people died from asphyxiation, suffocation, burns, and heart failure. Among them was the Singing Cowboy, who was the entertainment for the evening. Although rescue workers were quick to respond, another 59 people died later in hospital.