The dirigible Hindenburg caught fire at Lakehurst, New Jersey, May 6, 1937. Only 36 people died, but the power of publicity shined bright... the Hindenburg disaster was spectacularly photographed and emotionally reported. ("oh, the humanity...!") You may never have heard of the similar crash of the Akron, which killed 73, but you've certainly heard of the Hindenburg. As it was landing at about 7:20pm, the world's largest and most fashionable lighter-than-air craft burst into flames near its mooring mast. Sabotage was (and by some still is) suspected, the more likely cause was flamable doping.

(this is one of the New Jersey disasters)