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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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September 07, 1968 - The band fulfills some old Yardbirds dates in Scandanavia
September xx, 1969 - Jimmy Page is reported saying the second album will be harder than the first
September 19, 1970 - Led Zeppelin gross over $100,000 for two performances at Madison Square Gardens on the same day
September xx, 1971 - Jimmy Page is furious over a live Yardbirds release. It was forced off the shelves
September xx, 1971 - The band vacations in Hawaii
September xx, 1972 - Discussions to play various countries ends with a decision to play Japan again
September xx, 1973 - Jimmy Page considers a live release of material before releasing a new album
September 14, 1974 - Led Zeppelin and CSN&Y jam at an after party
September xx, 1975 - Jimmy meets up with Robert in Malibu, where he is staying on a tax exile
September 12, 1976 - Page and Bonham return to Switzerland and record a drum piece title Bonzo’s Montreux
September 08, 1977 - Page takes to the stage with other well knowns at a WEA records sales conference
September 15, 1978 - Zep road manager Richard Cole and Bad Company’s Simon Kirke get married in a double ceremony
September 17, 1979 - Promoter Fred Bannister forced into liquidation over Knebworth Sales with Led Zeppelin
September 18, 1980 - Jimmy reviews a new stage set up and technical details for the Eighties Part One tour at Swan Song offices
September 25, 1980 - John Bonham is found dead in Jimmy Page’s Windsor mansion by sound technician Benji Le Fevre
September 12, 2007 - It was announced at a press conference by Harvey Goldsmith that the remaining members of Led Zeppelin would reunite with Jason Bonham on drums.
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