1909- As a result of a fire at a mine in Illinois, 259 miners die.
This Day in History
2007- Construction begins on the MS Oasis of the Seas, a 362-metre long cruise ship.
2011- The Al Hamra Tower opens in Kuwait.
1979- More than 250,000 Torontonians are forced from their homes when a train carrying explosive and poisonous chemicals derails.
2001- The Third Millennium John Paul 2 Bridge, a cable-stayed bridge designed by architect, Matwa Wisla, opens in Gdansk Poland.
1996- Construction begins on the BB&T Center arena, home of the Florida Panthers, in Sunrise, California.
1791- the Custom House opens in Dublin, Ireland.
1850- First Hawaiian fire engine.
1895- The 1st US patent is granted for a gasoline driven car.