This Day in History

Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire erupts in New York City, claiming the lives of 146 garment workers, most of whom were young immigrant women. This catastrophic event shed light on the appalling working conditions in factories and spurred significant reforms in labor laws and workplace safety standards.

Roald Amundsen Reaches the South Pole

Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen led the first successful expedition to the South Pole on December 14th, 1911, beating rival explorer Robert Falcon Scott. This achievement marked a milestone in polar exploration.

The Doom Bar Shipwreck

The clipper ship “Hera” ran aground on the Doom Bar sandbank off the coast of Cornwall, England, on November 19th, 1911. This maritime disaster became a legendary event, and the shipwreck is still visible during low tide.