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Poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal

A former Russian military officer and UK intelligence services double agent Sergei Skripal was poisoned along his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, England. They had been found slipping in and out of consciousness on a public bench. UK government said their research determined the Novichok nerve agent was used for poisoning.

Zasyadko mine disaster

A mining accident occurred at the Zasyadko coal mine in rebel-held Eastern Ukraine. It is suspected to have been caused by a gas explosion. Twenty-three people were confirmed dead. There were 230 people in the mine at the time of the explosion. The Speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, Volodymyr Groysman, called for a minute's silence for 32 fatalities, but later retracted that figure to say that one had died and 30 others' status was unknown.

Brazzaville arms dump blasts

A series of blasts occurred at an army arms dump in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of the Congo. At least 250 people were killed by the explosions. Additional bodies were said to be "unfindable." Among the dead were six Chinese workers from a Beijing Construction Engineering Group work site close to the armoury.

Hintze Ribeiro disaster

Bridge made of steel and concrete collapsed in Entre-os-Rios, in Portugal. People in a bus and cars crossing the bridge over Douro river died there, making it a total of 59. Storm combined with strong current made it unable to rescue the people. Bodies were carried downstream to the Atlantic ocean.

Purley rail crash

Train collision occurred north of Purley Railway station in the London Borough of Croydon after a driver of one of the trains passed a signal at danger. Train from Horsham to London Victoria was struck from behind by the following train from Littlehampton. The collision resulted in deaths of 5 people and injured 88 others.

Vrancea Earthquake

The 1977 Vrancea earthquake occurred at 21:22 local time, and was felt throughout the Balkans. It had a magnitude of 7.2, making it the second most powerful earthquake recorded in Romania in the 20th century. The epicenter was situated in the Vrancea Mountains, the most seismically active part of Romania, at a depth of 94 km.

Collinwood school fire

The Collinwood school fire erupted in Collinwood, Ohio, killing 172 students, two teachers and one rescuer in one of the deadliest school disasters in United States history. The origin of the fire remains uncertain, though explanations proliferated. Newspapers circulated many possibilities, sometimes blaming the building's janitor.