On this day: a Christmas party in Australia

A children’s Christmas party in New South Wales, Australia on the 15th of December, 1934.

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On this day: the opening of the Blackwall Tunnel

The Blackwall Tunnel, which runs under the River Thames in London, was opened by the Prince of Wales on the 22nd of May, 1897.

Section_of_the_Blackwall_Tunnel A photograph showing a framing section of the Blackwall Tunnel being constructed at the Thames Ironworks. 1895.

Under construction in 1895.

Work began on the tunnel in 1892 and construction cost £1.4 M. 800 men were employed and seven deaths were recorded.

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The tunnel in 1899.

A second tunnel was opened in 1967.

On this day…

King George V presents a trophy to the captain of the New Zealand Services Rugby Team in London on the 16th of April, 1919.

Rugby saw a revival in 1919, as during the First World War few international rugby matches were played. However, from 1914-18 the sport was continued by men in military service.

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King_George_V_presents_a_cup_to_the_captain_of_the_winning_New_Zealand_Services_Rugby_Team,_LondonKing George V presents a cup to the captain of the winning New Zealand Services Rugby Team, London. 16 April 1919.

On this day: the Yonge Subway Line

Canada’s first subway line opened in Toronto on the 30th of March, 1954. Called the Yonge subway when it opened, it ran from Union Station.

Front Street outside Union Station being excavated to create the tracks. 1950. X

Front_street_excavationFront Street in Toronto being excavated in 1950 for the new subway.

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750px-Yonge_subway_home_demolitionView after homes were demolished to make way for Toronto’s (and Canada’s) first subway line. 1950.

On this day: the Winecoff Hotel fire

The Winecoff Hotel fire of December 7, 1946 was the deadliest hotel fire in United States history, killing 119 hotel occupants, including the hotel's owners. Daisy B. McCumber

Daisy B. McCumber jumps from the hotel. She sustained serious lifelong injuries, but survived.

On the 7th of December, 1946, a fire broke out at the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. Killing 119 people, including the owners, it is the deadliest hotel fire in US history.

Hotel guests found themselves unable to escape, and some tied bed sheets together to try and get to the bottom of the fifteen-floor building. However, the sheets broke. Fire fighters were hampered by falling bodies, causing them injuries.

Of the dead, thirty-two died by falling, including those who misjudged the distance to the next roof and tried to jump across.