On July 19th, 1979 two oil tankers collided in the Caribbean sea just off the island of little Tobago causing a widespread oil disaster. Twenty-six members of the crew were killed and over 280,000 tons of oil spilled into the sea. At the time, this collision was considered the worst oil disaster in history and to this day remains one of the few events where oil-tankers have collided with each other.
A fire disaster of epic proportions occurred on this day in the year 64 in Rome. Much of the City was destroyed by the fire, and Emperor Nero blamed Christians for causing it. The fire disaster was used as a pretext to generate hate towards the growing number of Christians that held influence in the city. The fire disaster in Rome resulted in the arrest, torture, and execution of hundreds of Christians.