history fact – April 16, 2017

Today is Easter Sunday, April 16, the 106th day of 2017. There are 259 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlights in History:

On April 16, 1947, the cargo ship Grandcamp, carrying a load of ammonium nitrate, blew up in the harbor in Texas City, Texas; a nearby ship, the High Flyer, which was carrying ammonium nitrate and sulfur, caught fire as a result and exploded the following day; the blasts and fires killed nearly 600 people. In a speech at the South Carolina statehouse in Columbia, financier Bernard M. Baruch said: “Let us not be deceived we are today in the midst of a cold war.

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