Posts Tagged “deaths”

Thomas Selfridge, the first person to be killed in a powered aeroplane crash – 17 September 1908

Posted on September 16th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

On 17 September 1908 at Fort Myer, Virginia, Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge became the first person to die in a powered airplane crash – he was 26.   Read newspaper reports about the accident   Selfridge was a passenger on a plane (‘the Wright Flyer’) that was piloted by Orville Wright – reports say that the […]

Mary Ward, the first person to be killed in a car accident – 31 August 1869

Posted on August 30th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

On 31 August 1869, Mary Ward (nee King) became the first person to die in a car accident in the UK and Ireland. It really was a terrible accident, with poor Mary falling under the wheel of the steam-powered vehicle, while it was negotiating a bend on the road near Parsonstown in County Offaly, Ireland. […]

Bridget Driscoll: first pedestrian to be killed by a car – 17 August 1896

Posted on August 16th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

At the Crystal Palace in London on 17 August 1896, Bridget Driscoll of Croydon became the first pedestrian in the UK to be killed by a motor car – she was 44.   Read newspaper reports about the accident   Here is a newspaper story about the accident and also a report on the coroner’s […]

Monsieurs Rozier and Romain, the first people killed in an air accident – 15 June 1785

Posted on June 14th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

On 15 June 1785, Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier and Pierre Romain died when their hot air balloon (it was a mixture of hydrogen and hot air) exploded while they were attempting to cross the English Channel.   Read newspaper reports about the accident   To mark their bravery in attempting such a feat, we’ve posted […]