On this day: the Schoolhouse Blizzard

The Schoolhouse Blizzard, also known as the Children’s Blizzard, was a deadly storm that occurred in the United States on the 12th of January, 1888.


Following relatively warm temperatures, a blizzard struck the US plains, trapping many people who were caught unawares. 235 deaths were recorded, including children who had become trapped in schoolhouses.

The Schoolhouse Blizzard, also known as the Schoolchildren's Blizzard, School Children's Blizzard,[1] or Children's Blizzard,[2] hit the U.S. plains states on January 12, 1888.

Stories of heroic teachers leading their students through the snow to safety became widely told. Some groups were successful, while others froze to death.

On this day: Waterloo Station opened in 1848

Plan of Waterloo Station as it was in 1888.

Waterloo Station in 1888

On the 11th of July, 1848 London’s Waterloo Station opened. Known at the time as Waterloo Bridge Station, it didn’t adopt its current name until 1866.

The station was renovated and expanded in in 1854, 1860, 1869, 1875, 1878 and 1885, and was then rebuilt to incorporate the London Underground from the end of the century into the early 1900s.