On this date in 2012 Sandy plowed across Southeastern Cuba as a CAT-3 hurricane. She would later come ashore in the Northeast United States as a serious subtropical storm. Over the hurricane’s entire track more than 140 deaths were tied directly to the storm, another 138 deaths were indirectly related. Estimated financial losses exceeded $68 billion.
On October 24, 1960 at least 100 were killed by the premature ignition of an ICBM test rocket at the Bainkonur Test Range in the then Soviet Union.
On this date in 2009 155 people were killed and more than 720 were injured in a double car bombing in Baghdad, Iraq.