In the spring of 1771, an outbreak of bubonic plague swept through Moscow. Authorities instituted a number of policies in an attempt to contain the epidemic, but the severe measures were unpopular with the general public. Factories and stores were shut down, and the economy was essentially at a standstill. Fearful, and faced with acute food shortages, the people took to the streets in an uprising that would later be known as the Plague Riot. How did the government restore order in the area?
Louisa May Alcott
Back in the day
The Mont Blanc Tunnel was completed in 1965 and soon became a major trans-Alpine transport route. On March 24, 1999, a truck carrying a cargo of flour and margarine caught fire in the tunnel. The margarine load in the trailer was the equivalent of 6,000 gallons (23,000 liters) of oil and caused the fire to burn for 56 hours and reach temperatures of over 1,832Â°F (1,000Â°C). The blaze claimed 39 lives. How many people were saved by a man on a motorcycle before he died in the intense fire?
Born on a day like today
Roscoe Conkling "Fatty" Arbuckle was a portly American silent film comedian. Despite his size, Arbuckle was physically adept and surprisingly agile. His comedies are known for their rollicking, fast-paced nature and chase scenes. Arbuckle was particularly fond of the "pie in the face" gag that has come to signify silent film comedy in general. He is, however, best known for his involvement in what scandal that helped destroy his career?