Today in Heritage History, May 3, 1856, gunpowder stored in a church basement explodes killing 4000 in Rhodos, Greece. The event represents a series of historical ironies. The explosion occurred as parishioners gathered to celebrate Mass for St. Stanislavski, the Greek Orthodox Patron Saint of the dimly minded. Survivors of the blast reported that their last recollection of events was watching Quasi Modopolis, the church bell-ringer, lighting memorial candles in the church vestibule, for his departed bell ringing relatives.

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