On Jan 15, 1919, a molasses tank, containing as much as 2,300,000 gal (8,700,000 L) of molasses, exploded in Boston, sending a wave of molasses coursing through the streets at an estimated 35 mph (56km/h). The wave of molasses was so powerful that it broke the girders of nearby elevated train structures, lifted a train off its tracks, and destroyed nearby buildings. The streets were flooded with about 3 ft (1 m) of molasses, hindering rescue efforts. How many people were killed in the disaster?
Back in the day
Taipei 101, located in Xinyi District, Taiwan, is the tallest building in the world according to three of the four standards designated by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. On this date, a pinnacle was placed on its rooftop, allowing it to surpass the height of the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by 57 m (188 ft). Because five of Taipei 101's stories are underground, it is not the tallest building from ground to pinnacle; what building boasts that distinction?
Born on a day like today
Miller was an American dramatist whose plays often deal with issues of morality and the pressures exerted on people by family and society. The Crucible, one of his most famous works, is a dynamic dramatization of the 17th century Salem witch trials and a parable about the US in the McCarthy era. His masterpiece, Death of a Salesman, won the Pulitzer Prize, 3 Tony Awards, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. In 1956, Miller married what famous movie star?