Disaster in the sky 74 years ago

6 May

Nearly everyone is familiar with the images of the 「ヒンデンブルク」 (Hindenburg) disaster.

The shot of it bursting into flames just as it was landing in New Jersey, USA on it’s three-day flight from Germany is one of the most famous photographs in the world.

The hard rock band Led Zeppelin used it on the cover of their 1969 debut album.

Led Zeppelin I

But did you know that the Hindenburg disaster happened on 1937 May 6…seventy-four years ago today?
Neither did I. But that’s one of the wonders of living in the Information Age. Without even leaving my living room I can check Wikipedia‘s page about the Hindenburg and learn that there were only 97 passengers and crew on board the zeppelin on it’s fatal journey…and most managed to survive somehow. There were 36 fatalities.

Besides the famous shot of the Hindenburg burning, the radio news announcer, Herbert Morrison’s broadcast is also well-known. Especially his line:

“Oh, the humanity!”
–Herbert Morrison

Another wonder of the internet is YouTube.
I was able to find a YouTube video showing a newsreel from 1937 about the Hindenburg Disaster:

4 Responses to “Disaster in the sky 74 years ago”

  1. musings May 6, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    It really is amazing that everybody did not perish in that horrible disaster.


    • tokyo5 May 6, 2011 at 9:39 pm #

      Yes, it’s a miracle that there any survivors at all…let alone, nearly two-thirds (3分の2) of the people on board!


      • musings May 7, 2011 at 1:44 am #

        OK… I finally have my post up about the bin Laden thing. It was on queue for yesterday, but it didn’t feel appropriate for Boys (Childrens) Day.


      • tokyo5 May 7, 2011 at 9:32 pm #

        >I finally have my post up about the bin Laden thing.

        It’s very well written.

        >…yesterday, but it didn’t feel appropriate for Boys (Childrens) Day.

        Due to the time difference, 「こどもの日」 (Childrens Day (a holiday on May 5th in Japan)) was the day before yesterday here in Japan. 😉


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