Nov. 30, 1942: Saying “My hands are trembling all over this typewriter keyboard,” Associated Press writer Harry C. Glasheen writes of his experiences covering Boston’s Cocoanut Grove fire, which had a final death toll of 492 people, including Western movie star Buck Jones.
News accounts from 1942 say the fire quickly spread after bus boy Stanley Tomaszewski lit a match so he could see to screw in a light bulb that had been removed by a nightclub patron. A transcript of Glasheen’s entire story is here.
In the theaters: “Bambi,” “For Me and My Gal,” “George Washington Slept Here,” “The Navy Comes Through” and “One of Our Aircraft Is Missing.”
Coming attraction: Hedy Lamarr as Tondelayo in “White Cargo!”