In the wake of the storm, officials realized the dangers of above-ground telegraph, water and gas lines and moved them below ground. The bombs were later found to have been detonated by mobile phones. On March 10, temperatures in the Northeast hovered in the mid-50s. The attacks, the deadliest against ...read more, In Montgomery, Alabama, delegates from South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas adopt the Permanent Constitution of the Confederate States of America. After struggling against great odds to save the Philippines from Japanese conquest, U.S. General Douglas MacArthur abandons the island fortress of Corregidor under orders from President Franklin Roosevelt.

Rain turned to snow and winds reached hurricane-strength levels.

Along with heavy snow, there was a complete whiteout in the city when the residents awoke the next morning. Sign up now to learn about This Day in History straight from your inbox. The show, which was created by John ...read more, Capping his rapid rise through the Communist Party hierarchy, Mikhail Gorbachev is selected as the new general secretary of the Soviet Union, following the death of Konstantin Chernenko the day before. The Deadliest Natural Disasters in US History. In fact, only 30 people out of 1,000 were able to make it to the New York Stock Exchange for work; Wall Street was forced to close for three straight days. The blizzard which struck the Northeast on March 12-14, 1888, had been preceded by a very cold winter. All Rights Reserved. Left behind at Corregidor and on the Bataan Peninsula were 90,000 American ...read more, On March 11, 2004, 193 people are killed and nearly 2,000 are injured when 10 bombs explode on four trains in three Madrid-area train stations during a busy morning rush hour.

Cops went on to become one of the longest-running shows in television history.

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HISTORY reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it is complete and accurate. Gorbachev oversaw a radical transformation of Soviet society and foreign ...read more, On March 11, 1779, Congress establishes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help plan, design and prepare environmental and structural facilities for the U.S. Army. Despite drifts that reached the second story of some buildings, many city residents trudged out to New York’s elevated trains to go to work, only to find many of them blocked by snow drifts and unable to move. Simply walking the streets was perilous.

Up to 15,000 people were stranded on the elevated trains; in many areas, enterprising people with ladders offered to rescue the passengers for a small fee. © 2020 A&E Television Networks, LLC. Record low temperatures had been recorded across North America, and a potent blizzard had pummeled the upper Midwest in January of the year. There were also several instances of people collapsing in snow drifts and dying, including Senator Roscoe Conkling, New York’s Republican Party leader.

Great Blizzard of ’88 hits East Coast On March 11, 1888, one of the worst blizzards in American history strikes the Northeast, killing more than 400 people and dumping as … Overall, about 200 people were killed by the blizzard in New York City alone. "use strict";(function(){var insertion=document.getElementById("citation-access-date");var date=new Date().toLocaleDateString(undefined,{month:"long",day:"numeric",year:"numeric"});insertion.parentElement.replaceChild(document.createTextNode(date),insertion)})(); FACT CHECK: We strive for accuracy and fairness. But for the children and grandchildren watching ...read more. On March 11, 1888, one of the worst blizzards in American history strikes the Northeast, killing more than 400 people and dumping as much as 55 inches of snow in some areas.

Barnum entertained some of the stranded at Madison Square Garden. By midnight on March 11, gusts were recorded at 85 miles per hour in New York City.

Made up of civilian workers, members of the Continental Army and French officers, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ...read more.

In addition, thousands of wild and farm animals froze to death in the blizzard.

New York City ground to a near halt in the face of massive snow drifts and powerful winds from the storm. Great Blizzard of 1888, winter storm that pummeled the Atlantic coast of the United States, from the Chesapeake Bay to Maine, in March 1888. The constitution resembled the Constitution of the United States, even repeating much of its ...read more, The Toyota Motor Company announces on March 11, 2009 that it has sold over 1 million gas-electric hybrid vehicles in the U.S. under its six Toyota and Lexus brands. The Great Blizzard of 1888, Great Blizzard of '88, or the Great White Hurricane (March 11–14, 1888) was one of the most severe recorded blizzards in American history. On March 11, 1989, Cops, a documentary-style television series that follows police officers and sheriff’s deputies as they go about their jobs, debuts on Fox. The East River, running between Manhattan and Queens, froze over, an extremely rare occurrence.

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Mark Twain was in New York at the time and was stranded at his hotel for several days.

At the time, approximately one in every four Americans lived in the area between Washington D.C. and Maine, the area affected by the Great Blizzard of 1888. In addition to the trains, telegraph lines, water mains and gas lines were also located above ground. In New York City, a similar determination was made about the trains, and within 10 years, construction began on an underground subway system that is still in use today. This inspired some brave souls to cross the river on foot, which proved a terrible mistake when the tides changed and broke up the ice, stranding the adventurers on ice floes.

The blizzard caused more than $20 million in property damage in New York City alone and killed more than 400 people, including about … But on March 11, cold Arctic air from Canada collided with Gulf air from the south and temperatures plunged. The snowfall totals north of New York City were historic: Keene, New Hampshire, received 36 inches; New Haven, Connecticut, got 45 inches; and Troy, New York, was hit by 55 inches of snow over 3 days. Many New Yorkers camped out in hotel lobbies waiting for the worst of the blizzard to pass.

Along the Atlantic coast, hundreds of boats were sunk in the high winds and heavy waves.