This tragic fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company's factory led to the deaths of 146 garment workers who either died in the fire or jumped to their deaths. Conditions at the factory where the fire occurred were typical of the time: flammable textiles were stored throughout the building, smoking was common, open gas lighting was used, and there were no fire extinguishers. In what social and political climate did the fire take place, and what legislation was drafted in its aftermath?
Back in the day
"Lucy," a 3.18 million year old female hominid of the species Australopithecus afarensis, was discovered by scientists in Ethiopia and named after a song by the band The Beatles. An unprecedented 40% intact, Lucy was the first fossil hominid to really capture public notice, nearly becoming a household name at the time. Although Lucy was 3 feet 8 inches tall and looked somewhat like a Chimpanzee, what crucial piece of evidence showed that she had walked upright like a human?
Born on a day like today
Churchill was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during WWII and led the country through both its darkest and finest hours. He was a writer, painter, legislator, soldier, and one of the most influential leaders in modern history. After being appointed PM in 1940, he forged a strong alliance with the US and an uneasy one with the USSR. These alliances were two key factors in the defeat of the Axis Powers. What famous American writer introduced one of Churchill's speeches in 1900?