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The Hindenburg Disaster - 70 Years Later

The German LZ 129 Hindenburg was, along with its sister ship, LZ 130 Graf Zeppelin II, the largest aircraft ever built. It was named after Paul von Hindenburg (1847-1934), president of Germany from 1925 until his death.

During the Hindenburg's second year of service, its tail caught fire on landing at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Lakehurst, N.J., on May 6, 1937. Within seconds, the ship's 6 million cubic feet of hydrogen was ablaze. The airship was destroyed, and 36 passengers and crewmen were killed.

Many theories and hypotheses - ranging from lightning to sabotage - have been floated over the years, but a definitive cause is still not known.

The Hindenburg fire is widely remembered as one of the most dramatic incidents ever.

Heavy publicity about the Zeppelin's first passenger flight of the year to the United States had drawn an extraordinary array of journalists to the landing site. Best remembered is Herbert Morrison's on-the-scene radio report.

What surprises today's audiences is that Morrison's report was recorded and not actually broadcast until the next day. Parts of it were later dubbed onto the newsreel footage, giving a false impression that the words and film were recorded together.

Nevertheless, Morrison's spontaneous exclamation "Oh, the humanity!" resonates with the impact of the disaster.



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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

February 7, 1962 - Deborah Bonham, sister to John, was born in Redditch, Worcestershire, England
February 23, 1966 - Warren Grant, son of Peter, was born.
February xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin enters the Billboard Top 40
February 16, 1969 - Led Zeppelin wrap up their first American tour in Baltimore, MD.
February 07, 1970 - Edinburgh gig cancelled after Plant receives facial injuries in a car accident
February 28, 1970 - The band performs as "The Nobs" in Copenhagen after threat of legal action from Countess Von Zeppelin
February xx, 1971 - John Paul Jones involved in legal issues regarding a musician who shares the same name
February xx, 1971 - Overdubs for the fourth album are recorded at Island Studios
February 14, 1972 - The band is refused admission into Singapore due to their long hair
February 16, 1972 - The Australian tour begins in Perth
February 21, 1972 - Led Zeppelin: Rock and Roll b/w Four Sticks (Atlantic 45-2865) 45 single is released in the US.
February xx, 1973 - The band makes final preparations for the European tour
February 16, 1973 - The release date for Houses Of The Holy is pushed back due to some sleeve problems
February xx, 1974 - Sessions for Physical Graffiti continue
February 14, 1974 - Page, Plant and Bonham attend a Roy Harper concert
February 04, 1975 - Zeppelin perform a last minute show at Nassau Coliseum to accomodate fans after being banned in Boston
February 24, 1975 - Physical Graffiti finally issued worldwide to phenomenal sales
February xx, 1976 - Media reports that Zeppelin are due to release an album entitled Obelisk
February xx, 1977 - Robert contracts a bout of tonsillitis postponing the American tour
February xx, 1978 - Robert Plant helps produce a record for punk band Dansette Damage
February 16, 1978 - The cases against Bonham, Cole & Grant stemming from the Oakland incident are heard and all receive suspended prison sentences and fines
February xx, 1979 - Although absent from the US stage or market, Led Zeppelin rank best in many music magazine categories
February xx, 1979 - Mixing sessions for In Through The Out Door take place at Polar Studios. Rumors fly of a European tour
February 03, 1980 - Robert joins Dave Edmund’s Rockpile at the Birmingham Top Rank
February 13, 2005 - Led Zeppelin receives a Grammy for Lifetime Achievment.
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