TODAY IN HISTORY: Hurricane Andrew made landfall in southern Dade County, Florida, around 5:00 a.m. on August 24, 1992. Packing winds as high as 175 miles per hour, the storm would claim 65 lives and cause $26.5 billion dollars in damage before it dissipated, making it the costliest storm in U.S. history at the time. Andrew as the last Category 5 hurricane to hit the U.S. in the 20th century. (Casualties include the Bahamas. More on that here and here.)
Life comes to a standstill as a fireball from space passes overhead. George Roux illustration for Jules Verne’s The Chase of the Golden Meteor (La Chasse au météore), 1908.