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Last Survivor of Hindenburg 'Did Not Talk About It'

Werner Doehner's father and sister were killed in the 1937 disaster

(Newser) - Werner Gustav Doehner, who was an 8-year-old passenger on the Hindenburg when it burst into flames in 1939, has died. Doehner, 90, was the last of the 62 passengers and crew members who survived the disaster, which killed 36 people, including one crew member on the ground. "He did...

'Oh the Humanity' Was 80 Years Ago Today

Disaster made aviation, broadcasting history

(Newser) - "Oh, the humanity!" It was 80 years ago Saturday that a radio announcer from Chicago stood at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey and uttered those words into a microphone as the German airship burst into flames, killing 35 of the 97 people on board and one...

History's Worst Airship Disaster Remembered

... and it wasn't the Hindenburg

(Newser) - The 1937 Hindenburg explosion is history's most famous airship disaster, but a bigger, deadlier, and earlier one involved an American craft that will be commemorated this week, the AP finds. On April 4, 1933, the US Navy's 785-foot USS Akron airship plunged into the Atlantic Ocean during a...

Hindenburg Mystery Finally Put to Rest

76 years later, experts say static electricity was to blame

(Newser) - A 21st-century team of researchers has solved an enduring 20th-century mystery: What sparked the fire that caused the Hindenburg to explode and plummet to the ground? Static electricity, asserts the British-US team, which tested a number of the theories that have been floated for the last 76 years on 79-foot...

'Hindenburg Omen' Sees Stock Market Crash

Skeptics say it's just alarmist thinking (or drinking)

(Newser) - Uh-oh. The Hindenburg Omen—a technical indicator that crunches Wall Street numbers—thinks the stock market is headed for some kind of meltdown next month, reports the Wall Street Journal . But take it with a grain of salt. The Journal tempers the doom with quote up high from an industry...

Want a Beer From the Hindenburg? $8K, Please

Burnt, undrinkable 1937 bottle could be most expensive ever sold

(Newser) - “You wouldn't want to drink it,” the auctioneer tells the BBC . “It is probably quite putrid to taste.” And yet, if the bottle of beer sells as expected, it will be the most expensive ever bought. Why? It’s a Lowenbrau rescued from the smoldering ruins...

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