On this date in 1290 an earthquake with an estimated 6.8 magnitude hit northeast of what is now Beijing China. Approximately 100,000 were killed.
On this date in 1915 a gasoline explosion in Ardmore Oklahoma killed 43 and injured many more. Most of the town was destroyed.
On this date in 1993 separatists and other irregular forces took Sokhumi, the capital of the Georgian province of Abkahzia. An especially gruesome massacre of Georgian ethnics followed. The number killed has not been well-established, but prompted significant population displacement. Abkhazia has since been recognized by Russia and a few other states as an independent nation.
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