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The Great Molasses Flood of 1919

A disaster occurred in the early 20th century that seemed improbable. The day was January 15, 1919, and just a little after midday, something terrible happened at the Purity Distilling Company in Boston, Massachusetts.

One of the company’s huge storage tanks that measured 90 feet wide (27 meters) and 50 feet in height (15 meters) suddenly collapsed. While the destruction of the tank was a disaster by…

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Daniel Ganninger

Daniel Ganninger

The writer, editor, and chief lackey of Knowledge Stew and the Knowledge Stew line of trivia books. Connect at knowledgestew.com and danielganninger.com