On this day: the Great Boston Molasses Flood

BostonMolassesDisasterPanorama of the Molasses Disaster site.

The wreckage after the disaster.

On the 15th of January 1919, a giant molasses tank burst in Boston, USA, causing a flood that killed twenty-one people. 150 were injured.

The molasses tank in the North End of Boston, before its explosion in 1919.

The tank photographed before its collapse.

Boston Post edition of January 16, 1919 describing the Boston Molasses Disaster.

The Boston Post reporting, before the final death toll was known.

The disaster occurred around 12:30pm, and at its worst the flood reached heights of about 25 feet (7.6 metres).

Elevated train structure damaged by shrapnel from the 1919 Boston Molasses Disaster.

The flood caused serious damage to points of the elevated train.

800px-USS_Ranger_(1876)_at_AlgiersUSS Ranger at Algiers on 6 July 1913. Later the USS Nantucket.

The first people to arrive on the scene were cadets from the USS Nantucket (photographed in 1913 before its name changed).

On this day: the first National Women’s Rights Convention

A scan of a framed photographic portrait of Lucy Stone, between 1840 and 1860.

Lucy Stone, one of the organisers.

On the 23rd of October, 1850, America’s first National Women’s Rights Convention began in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis

Another of the organisers, Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis.

Some 900 people turned up for the first session, and thousands turned up from all over the country – including California – for other events over the two days the convention ran for.

Many more were turned away as the event was a great success.

Amongst the requests the delegates made were for voting rights, the right to education and employment opportunities, and more extensive rights with regards to property ownership. It was also requested that the word “male” was struck from state constitutions. Rights were also requested for women in slavery.

The convention inspired women in other countries to take action.