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Tragic Drowning of a Young Man on the Potomac River, 1908
This is a sad story of a young man, John McCalip, who was drowned in the Potomac River in 1908, shortly before his wedding. Read more about his story and the tragedy that happened on the river.
View of Washington Arsenal ca 1860, Courtesy of National Defense University
The Washington Arsenal Explosion: A Deadly Day in the Capital
On June 17th, 1864, an explosion rocked the Washington Arsenal in the nation's capital. 19 women and girls were killed in the tragedy, and the victims were commemorated with a monument still standing today. Learn the story of the Washington Arsenal explosion.
little Betty Amberger (Washington Post)
Tragedy in the Snow: The Story of Little Betty Amberger and the 1939 D.C. Snowstorm
In January 1939, a five-inch snowstorm hit the D.C. area. Little Betty Amberger couldn't wait to see her father, and tragically, she was crushed under the wheels of her father's car. Read the story of the 1939 snowstorm and Little Betty Amberger here.

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