“Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883” by Simon Winchester
“A Crack In The Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906” by Simon Winchester.
October 14—Nuclear and Radiation
1960’s grounding of U.S. Nuclear submarine fleet.
Atomic testing in the Pacific
Japanese fishing vessel
·Bikini Atoll testing “Pacific: Silican Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atomic Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World’s Superpowers” by Simon Winchester
October 21—Explosions and Sinkings
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada December 6, 1917—“The Great Halifax Explosion: A World war I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism” by John U. Bacon
"In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex" by Nathaniel Philbrick
October 28—Irish Potato Famine
“The Graves Are Walking: The Great Famine and Saga of the Irish People” by John Kelly.
Alan Rubin holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Lehigh University. He owned and operated an independent retail business in New York City for four decades, as chronicled in his daughter Jen Rubin’s book, We Are Staying: Eighty Years in the Life of a Family, a Store, and a Neighborhood. He mentors many in the local community including BCC students, small businesses, and Taconic High School students.
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