The infamous game. Georgia Tech on the left. Source.
On the 7th of October, 1916, a college football game was played between Cumberland and Georgia Tech in Atlanta, USA.
Cumberland, from Tennessee, failed to score at all, leading the most lopsided score in the history of the sport: 0 – 222. The college had already discontinued its football program, but were not allowed to back out of the game.
Disaster struck New Jersey, USA on the 4th of October, 1918, when an explosion hit the T. A. Gillespie Company Shell Loading Plant. The First World War munitions plant, one of the largest in the world, was hit by a large explosion that started a fire and went on to trigger more explosions over the next two days.
The plant itself, as well as some three-hundred other buildings, were destroyed.
Because employment records were destroyed in the explosion the exact death toll is unclear, however it is believed to be around a hundred. Hundreds of other people were injured.
The disaster is generally believed to be an accident.
About a century later, the area is still affected by explosive substances.
Adele Astaire, stage star and sister of her movie star brother, Fred, was born in Omaha, Nebraska on the 10th of September, 1896. Her birth name was Adele Marie Austerlitz, but the surname was changed to make her sound more “American”. As a child, she and her brother moved to New York to attend the Alviene Master School of the Theatre and Academy of Cultural Arts.
Three years Fred’s senior, Adele was actually the more successful stage performer of the two siblings. However her brother went on to find Hollywood fame, and while Adele considered moving into film, she abandoned the plan, admitting to being intimidated by her brother.
Astaire married twice (her first husband died in this thirties), and had three children. She was considered the more personable of the two siblings.
She died in January of 1981, at the age of eighty-four.
This photograph, taken on the 8th of September, 1935, shows a mass burial for victims of the 1935 Labor Day hurricane in the United States.
One of the worst hurricanes in US history, some 116 people were buried in this ceremony alone, given military honours. The mass funeral took place at the Woodlawn Park Cemetery in Miami, Florida. A total of 408 people were killed in the disaster.
The Islamorada area of Florida was also devastated, with areas of the railroad (above) severely damaged or destroyed.