8 Unfortunate Forgotten Events in History


From a horrifying stampede to a mining catastrophe,
here are 8 unfortunate forgotten events in history.This video was done as a tag team
collaboration with Gavin from our brother channel Bored Badger. Why don’t you kick off the list Gavin. Thanks Carl, coming in at number 8 is the
Victoria Hall Stampede. Number 8 Victoria Hall Stampede
In 1883, a theater in Sutherland, England, called Victoria Hall was hosting a variety
show for children. There were about 1,100 children in attendance
and many of them were seated in the upstairs gallery. At some point in the show, the entertainers
were handing out prizes to those in the audience. Worried that they might miss out on the prizes,
the children in the gallery started running towards the stairwell. However, the door at the bottom opened inward
and had been mostly bolted shut, supposedly to make ticket-checking easier. Why don’t you tell them the spine chilling
fallout Carl? The space that was left was only wide enough
to allow one child to pass through. Many were crushed in the ensuing stampede. Those who’d made at it the bottom couldn’t
warn the others or clear the way so the children kept coming in waves. The bolt was on the children’s side of the
door so the adults in attendance couldn’t reach them. A caretaker diverted many of them to safety
until a man finally took the door off its hinges. The tragedy rippled across the country. 183 children, aged 3 to 14, were crushed and
succumbed to compressive asphyxia. The incident led to the implementation of
outward opening emergency exists and to the invention of the push-bar. Number 7 Donora Smog
Back in the 1940s, smog from the local steel plant wasn’t an uncommon occurrence for
people living in the small town of Donora, Pennsylvania. However, the autumn of 1948 brought an uncharacteristic
cold front. A higher layer of warm air then trapped the
pollution and turned the small town into a dome of caustic gas. The thick yellowish smog lasted for about
5 days, until it was cleared away by a Halloween rain. 20 people lost their lives during that time
and thousands of others had respiratory problems. Even a decade later, mortality rates in Donora
were high when compared to those in neighboring communities. The New York Times described the Donora Smog
as “one of the worst air pollution disasters in the nation’s history”. What’s up next Carl? Number 6 Messina Earthquake
In 1908, a decade before the start of World War I, a devastating earthquake struck the
south of Italy. Its epicenter was near the Sicilian city of
Messina, which was basically reduced to rubble. The combination of weak foundations and heavy
roofs meant that whole families were buried alive. The earthquake also caused a 39-foot tsunami
that struck hard on the Calabrian coast. Reggio Calabria was violently flooded as the
sea receded more than a hundred feet from the shore. The tsunami also took lives in Messina, where
people had fled to the beachfront to escape their collapsing houses. There were three waves that struck in rapid
succession, each more powerful than the one before. In the aftermath, Messina’s harbor was filled
with the corpses of drowned people and animals. The combined death toll of the earthquake
and tsunami was between 75,000 and 82,000, mostly in Messina and Reggio Calabria. There was also looting and rioting that followed
the disaster. The army was called in and martial law was
imposed, where the soldiers were given orders to open fire on looters. Unfortunately, the order also somewhat targeted
survivors who were just searching for food. Its proximity to the Great War is typically
why the 1908 earthquake often gets overlooked but it does remain one of the deadliest events
of its kind in Europe’s modern history. Number 5 Vaal Reefs Disaster
Gavin why don’t you fill them in on the worst elevator disaster in history? It occurred in May 1995, at a South African
gold mine, in the town of Vaal Reefs. The large scope of the mining operation meant
that machinery, workers and or were moved on levels via the use of locomotives. On May 10th, a caged elevator platform was
bringing 104 workers from the shaft to the surface. At one point, in unclear circumstances, a
driver lost control of a locomotive and jumped out. The safety barriers and failsafe implements
couldn’t stop the accelerating vehicle and it fell into the elevator shaft. The winch snapped under the weight of the
massive vehicle as it collapsed onto the platform which was carrying the workers. Tell them what happened next Carl If there
were some to survive the initial crash, they were soon killed as the cage and locomotive
plunged 1,500 feet to the bottom of the shaft. The tragedy had further ramifications. 431 family members, who depended entirely
on the earnings of the deceased, had their lives irrevocably changed by the incident. Number 4 Ohio Penitentiary Fire
Not many remember this incident, despite it being one of the deadliest fires in the history
of the US prison system. In April, 1930, a misplaced candle ignited
some oily rags on the roof of the west block, in the Ohio Penitentiary. As the blaze grew in size, some guards opened
the cells and let the inmates out. Many others, however, left the men to their
faiths, to choke on the thick smoke or to be burned alive. One inmate reported there was no other choice
than to “let the fire burn the meat off and hope it wouldn’t be too long about it”. Tag me out Gavin A group of inmates overpowered
a guard, took his keys, and freed the others. A riot ensued in which inmates threw rocks
at the incoming firefighters. 500 soldiers from the nearby military outpost,
equipped with machine guns and bayonets, were called in and surrounded the prison. By the time the ash settled, the fire had
taken the lives of 322 inmates and injured 230 others. Number 3 The Dhaka Garment Factory Collapse
This has been described as the deadliest structural failure in modern history, yet there are few
who still talk about it, outside of Bangladesh. It occurred in 2013, in Dhaka, the country’s
capital, when an eight-story building called Rana Plaza collapsed. It had been originally been built to house
only shops and offices but three more levels were added to make room for garment factories,
which operated heavy machinery. Additionally, it was constructed using sub-par
materials and its foundation was based on a filled-in pond, which compromised the factory’s
structural integrity. It was an overall recipe for disaster. On April 23, the building was evacuated after
cracks were noticed in the walls, ceilings and floors. The building’s owners ignored the warning
signs and the garment workers were ordered to return the next day. On April 24, Rana Plaza collapsed during the
morning rush hour. 1,134 people lost their lives. About 2,500 people were rescued alive from
the rubble in efforts that lasted almost a month. We need that smooth Carl voice for number
2 Number 2 1918 Influenza Pandemic
When it comes to the deadliest pandemics in history most people tend to solely focus on
the bubonic plague, also known as the Black Death, which ravaged Europe in the mid-14th
century. There’s often a tendency to overlook the
Spanish Flu, which wrought havoc, all-over the world, from 1918 to 1920. Maybe it’s because the influenza pandemic
occurred during World War I and at a time when the human population was greater in numbers. Nevertheless, it infected over 500 million
people, in areas ranging from the Arctic to remote Pacific islands. 50 to 100 million people lost their lives
as a result of the Spanish Flu. It’s been described as “the greatest medical
holocaust in history” with a death toll which rivals that of the better-known bubonic
plague. The pandemic was caused by H1N1, an unusually
severe and deadly subtype of Influenza virus strain. While people were killed directly as a result
of edema and bleeding in the lungs, the main cause of death was bacterial pneumonia, a
secondary infection. Number 1 Aberfan Disaster
The Aberfan disaster was a mining catastrophe that occurred in Wales, in October, 1966. At the time of the disaster, the village of
Aberfan was nestled in a valley downhill of seven colliery spoil tips. These were basically heaps of waste materials
that had resulted as part of the coal mining process. In contravention to the rules imposed by the
British National Coal Board, one of the tips was partly settled on the ground from which
spring water emerged. Take us home Gavin, Three weeks of heavy rain
saturated the waste tip, which loomed directly over a busy street. About 3.8 million cubic feet of water and
waste slipped from the mountain slope in a blackened flow that looked like a combination
of a flood and an avalanche. 144 people tragically lost their lives. The building that took the worst hit was Pantglas
Junior School. The spill happened a few minutes past 9 o’clock,
meaning that classes had just begun. 5 teachers and 109 children were killed inside
the building as the spill came crashing down. Thanks for watching! To see more of Gavin check him out by clicking
the link on the screen to our brother channel, bored badger.

60 thoughts on “8 Unfortunate Forgotten Events in History

  1. Today's video was done in collaboration with Gavin from Bored Badger! Check out Bored Badger today: https://www.youtube.com/boredbadger

  2. I mean are they really "forgotten" if there's a YT video about them? Lol
    No offense tho, still a good video
    Btw l found these past events interesting 😊

  3. You can make a whole list of industrial accidents in China alone
    All news are hidden
    Youtube might delete the video

  4. In 1908, my Grandpa was 12, born and raised in Capo d' Orlando, Messina. I was 18 when he passed. If I only had a time machine and could sit down with all of my grandparents and listen to their stories, now that I'm middle aged.

  5. Another forgotten one is the 1973 Indianapolis 500, 3 deaths in three separate incidents and 34 injured. One deadly incident in an auto race is unusual, three dead collisions (Art Pollard in Practice, Swede Savage in the race, Armando Teran hit by fire truck responding to Swede Savage crash) and a fourth incident that caused a blazing inferno that injured 34

  6. you forgot Cinema Rex Fire in Abadan , Iran in 1978 , more than 400 killed !! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=In2cxBFklUI

  7. In London also known as the SMOKE because of the air pollution. In 1952, there was a terrible yellow fog which caused more than 2000 people to die. Thus, began efforts to improve air quality.

  8. Another unfortunate but not forgotten event was when I failed to rise to the occasion with this hot cutie I hooked up with 8 years ago. Shit blows.

  9. What are you talking about? Everyone talks about the Influenza pandemic/Spanish Flu. It was discussed to death in our US History/World History classes. How do forget something that had more casualties than both World Wars?

  10. I almost forgot my food poisoning of 2013.
    It was brutal.
    I lost 22 pounds and needed an iv.

    I’m ok now. No need to worry.

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