Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Horror in History

Today in Rotten History:

Dec 28 1908
An earthquake in Messina, Sicily kills 160,000. Nearly all of the city is destroyed. Countless art treasures are destroyed, as well as the Cathedral Annunziata dei Catalani.

Some more info here.

It is also the date of the Massacre of the Innocents, sometimes called Childermas.

Incidentally, the deadliest earthquake of the 20th century also occurred on the 28th... but in July. Death toll: 240,000.

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