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Kashmir earthquake in Pakistan kills 100,000

The Kashmir earthquake occurred in the Pakistani territory of Azad Kashmir. It reached a moment magnitude of 7.6 and had a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII. Countries in the surrounding region, such as Afghanistan or Tajikistan, were also affected. Over 5.4 billion USD aid arrived to the damaged areas.

Linate Airport disaster

In a thick fog of Linate airport of Milan, McDonnell Douglas MD-87 of Scandinavian Airlines headed for Copenhagen collided on take-off with a private Cessna Citation CJ2. All 114 people on both aircraft were killed, as well as four people on the ground. It remains the deadliest accident in Italian aviation history.

Great Chicago Fire erupts

The Great Chicago Fire broke out at around 9 PM, around a small barn belonging to the O’Leary family. Wood being predominant building material aided to spread the fire. The wind became superheated, which led to other structures catching on fire. In estimate, 300 people died and more than 100,000 were left homeless.