74 Seconds After Liftoff, Challenger Explodes: January 28, 1986

The space shuttle Challenger exploded in a ball of fire shortly after it left the launching pad, and all seven astronauts on board were lost. The date was January 28, 1986 The worst accident in the history of the American space program was witnessed by thousands of spectators who watched in wonder, then horror, as…

The Boston Molasses Disaster: One of the Strangest Disasters in American History

by Suzy Evans Suzy Evans is a literary agent, attorney, author who holds a Ph.D. in history from UC Berkeley. Her books include Machiavelli for Moms (Simon & Schuster) and Forgotten Crimes: the Holocaust and People with Disabilities. Find Suzy on Twitter @thehistorychef and at suzy@dijsktraagency.com. At 12:40 p.m. on January 15, 1919, in Boston’s industrial North End, a 50-foot-high steel storage…

Ten Myths About the 1918 Flu Pandemic

The ‘greatest pandemic in history’ was 100 years ago – but many of us still get the basic facts wrong This year marks the 100th anniversary of the great influenza pandemic of 1918. Between 50 and 100 million people are thought to have died, representing as much as 5 percent of the world’s population. Half a…