Pick one, I get the natural disasters as the atmospheric scientist in the house.
1851 – The largest Australian bushfires in a populous region in recorded history take place in the state of Victoria.
1978 – The Blizzard of 1978, one of the worst Nor'easters in New England history, hit the region, with sustained winds of 65 mph and snowfall of four inches an hour.
1996 – Willamette Valley Flood: Floods in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, United States, causes over US$500 million in property damage throughout the Pacific Northwest.
2016 – An earthquake of magnitude 6.6 strikes southern Taiwan, killing 117 people.