The Italian Hall Disaster
On Christmas Eve in 1913, some miners and their families were having a massive Christmas party in an Italian cultural hall in Michigan. Everything was going fine until someone, “Fire!” Panic took hold and everyone rushed for the exits at once -not caring what, or who, they knocked over during their mad dash. People fell, and were either trampled or suffocated in the crowds. In the end, a stunning 73 people died, 59 of which were just children trying to celebrate with their family.
In a cruel, ironic twist, it turned out there was no fire at all. To this day, no one is entirely sure who yelled “fire” or why they did it.