Aug-24: Pompeii and DC Burn, Andrew Hits Florida and Jobs Departs

On this day Pompeii burned and was buried by Mt. Vesuvius; the British burned the White House and the Capitol; while Florida was hit by the most destructive hurricane in history at that time and Steve Jobs stepped down from Apple.


Mt. Vesuvius Erupts

Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in volcanic ash. An estimated 20,000 people died.


Burning of Washington

In the Burning of Washington, British forces occupied Washington setting fire to the White House and the Capitol.   It marks the only time in U.S. history that Washington, D.C., has been occupied by a foreign force. President Madison fled to Brookevile, Maryland.  The British occupation would be short-lived, as a hurricane force storm struck the city and led the British to return to their ships after only 26 hours.



Hurricane Andrew Hits Florida

Hurricane Andrew, the most destructive hurricane in American history at that time, hit South Florida with wind speeds up to 165 mph.  From Wikipedia:

Passing directly through the town of Homestead, Florida, a suburb south of Miami, Andrew obliterated entire blocks of homes, in many cases leaving only the concrete foundations. Over 25,000 houses were destroyed in Miami-Dade County alone, and nearly 100,000 more were severely damaged. The damage total across the affected regions exceeded $26 billion (1992 USD), and 65 people lost their lives in the hurricane.


Ailing Steve Jobs Resigns

An ailing Steve Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple, issuing the following statement:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

Jobs continued to work for Apple until the day before his death six weeks later


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