Today in History–December 6–TPS-Barat features the Halifax explosion, which occurred on this day in 1917. The largest man-made explosion in history, killed nearly 2,000, injured around 9,000, and left approximately 6,000 people homeless. It’s a story of local devastation but also of multinational cooperation. Click the primary sources and other resources below to learn more.
Report on the explosion 7th December, 1917 Canadian War Museum
Report of the Halifax Relief Expedition December 6 to 15, 1917 by Hon. A. C. Ratshesky, commissioner-in-charge, to Samuel Walker McCall, governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
More Halifax explosion U.S. historical newspaper coverage 1917-1918
1917 Halifax Explosion (primary sources) Nova Scotia Archives
Think Like a Historian: Halifax Explosion in Letters Historica Canada video via YouTube
Think Like a Historian: Halifax Explosion in Sketches Historica Canada video via YouTube