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April 16

  • 1947 - The Texas City Disaster today 1947 generally considered the worst industrial accident in American history. The fire detonated approximately 2,300 tons of ammonium nitrate and the resulting chain reaction of fires and explosions killed at least 581 people.
  • 1943 - LSD was first used today 1943 by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann. (It was first synthesized by Hofmann in 1938.)
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