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Fun Fact May 6, 2020.

6 May 2020


On this day in 1937 the German passenger airship LZ 129 caught fire and was destroyed during its attempt to dock with its mooring mast at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in the United States.  Of course you know LZ 129 as the Hindenburg.  Of the 97 people on board thirty six were passengers and sixty one were crewmen. Thirty six people died in the explosion, thirty five on board the airship and one worker on the ground.  On the scene that day was Herb Morrison, assigned to cover the landing by Chicago radio station WLS.  Morrison, along with his engineer Charlie Nehlsen did not broadcast it live, but rather were recording the landing for a delayed broadcast.  In that recording Morrison, overcome with emotion, uttered probably one of the most recognized statements in broadcast history; “oh the humanity.”  The disaster, caught on newsreel coverage and in photographs shattered public confidence in the giant, passenger carrying Zeppelins and marked the end of the airship era.