On this date in 1898 the elected (bi-racial) government of Wilmington, North Carolina was overthrown by armed white supremacists. This is sometimes referred to as the only coup d’etat in United States history. (See more from National Public Radio.)
This day in 1913 was the fourth consecutive day of the Great Lakes “White Hurricane.” With 90 mph wind gusts and up to 24 inches of snow, the storm was blamed for the deaths of over 250.
On this date in 1988 the Odyssey, a British-owned oil tanker, caught fire and sank in heavy seas 900 miles east of Newfoundland, spilling about a million barrels of oil. All 27 crew members were presumed dead.
Today Typhoon Haiyan came ashore in the Philippines with 195 mph winds and a wind-field encompassing most of the nation of islands.
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