Thursday, June 27, 2013
THEATER FIRE - 1811
In the Virginia state capital of Richmond on Dec. 26, 1811, fire destroyed the Richmond Theatre, killing 72 people including Governor George William Smith.
U.S. President James Madison and future president James Monroe were in the audience, according to Wikipedia.
Firefighters were unable to stop the inferno and the building collapsed.
The theater was located on the north side of Broad Street between what is now Twelfth and College streets.