Today in History: May 13th

2000: In Enschede, Netherlands, a fireworks factory explodes, killing 22 people, wounding 950, and resulting in approximately €450 million in damage. — Risk Society (audio)

1972:  A fire at a nightclub in Osaka, Japan kills 118 people. Faulty electrical wiring is the cause. Only 48 people survive because safety procedures are not followed. The fire exits are hidden by drapes and elevators do not function.

1939: The first commercial FM radio station in the U.S. is launched in Bloomfield, Connecticut. FM offers superior sound with less interference than AM radio. More people now listen to FM than AM.

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