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Mecca crane collapse

In 2015, a crawler crane toppled over onto the Masjid al-Haram, the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, killing 111 people and injuring 394. The city was preparing for the Hajj pilgrimage. The victims were of twelve different nationalities, with the greatest contingents of fatalities being 25 Bangladeshis and 23 Egyptians.

US Diplomatic Compounds attacked in Benghazi

The 2012 Benghazi attack was a coordinated attack against two US government facilities in Benghazi, Libya, by members of the Islamic militant group Ansar al-Sharia. Members of Ansar al-Sharia attacked the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, causing the deaths of U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith.

Fire breaks out in Channel Tunnel

The incident involved a France-bound Eurotunnel Shuttle train carrying heavy goods vehicles and their drivers. The fire lasted for sixteen hours and reached temperatures of up to 1000 °C. Of the thirty-two people on board the train, fourteen suffered minor injuries including smoke inhalation and were taken to the hospital; all survived.

9/11 - A day of infamy

On September 11, the United States endured an onslaught of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda. The attacks killed 2,996 people, injured over 6,000 others, and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage.

Flight 2574 breaks up over Texas

Continental Express Flight 2574 was a scheduled domestic passenger airline flight operated by Britt Airways. In September 1991, the Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia, crashed while the turboprop aircraft was en route to Houston, killing all 14 people on board. The aircraft wreckage hit an area near Eagle Lake, Texas.

The last known person dies of smallpox

Patients name was Janet Parker. She was a medical photographer at the university of Birmingham. Her dark room was above the laboratory where research on smallpox viruses was being conducted. Although vaccinated twelve years ago, Parker got infected by Variola major virus, the most serious type of smallpox, and died.