Plagues, diseases and disasters throughout History

Dates and locations of natural disasters throughout modern history

If your ancestor died young, or lost several children, compare the date of death with this table,
perhaps you may be able to deduce a likely cause of death.
Remember, that would just be a logical deduction, and does not constitute a proof of event.

I'll glady add any other information you let me know about.

Data kindly submitted by Jeanagh Punter


FromToAilmentLocationNotes
13481350Bubonic PlagueUK & World WideFurther outbreaks occurred during most of the 14th & 15th centuries.
1499 Bubonic PlagueLondon UK 
15071550"Fever"UK 
1551 InfluenzaUK 
1555 FamineUKRains brought famine and weakness
15561563Bubonic PlagueUKThis was an extreme event
1578 Bubonic PlagueUK 
1586 Bubonic PlagueChesterfield UKAll harvests failed
1591 Acute Distress UKAs a result of above
1593 Bubonic PlagueUK 
1596 FamineUKHarvests failed & epidemics began
1603 Bubonic PlagueUK 
1612 Bubonic PlagueUK 
1617 SmallpoxUSAAmongst the Native Indians
16231625Bad HarvestUK 
1625 Bubonic PlagueUK 
1630 PlagueUKAt worst, many thousands died
1631 Bubonic PlagueUK 
1633 Smallpox USANative Indians
16331634SmallpoxUK 
1636 Bubonic PlagueUK 
1647 Yellow feverWest Indies 
1648 SmallpoxUSA 
1648 Whooping CoughUSA 
1654 Bubonic PlagueUK 
1657 MeaslesBoston USA 
1662 SmallpoxNew York USA 
1665 Bubonic PlagueUKExtreme
1668 Yellow FeverNew York USA 
1677 SmallpoxBoston USA 
1687 MeaslesBoston USA 
1690 Yellow FeverNew York USA 
1699 Yellow FeverSouth Carolina USA 
1702 Yellow FeverNew York USA 
1702 Scarlet FeverBoston USA 
1706 Yellow FeverSouth Carolina USA 
1713 MeaslesBoston USA 
1721 SmallpoxUSA 
1723 InfluenzaWorldwide 
17231730FamineUKPoor harvests & resultant epidemics
1728 Yellow FeverSouth Caroline USA 
1729 MeaslesBoston USA 
1732 Yellow FeverSouth Carolina USA 
1732 InfluenzaSouth Carolina USA 
17321733InfluenzaUK 
1735 DiptheriaUSA 
17351739Scarlet FeverNew England USA 
1738 SmallpoxSouth Carolina USA 
1739 MeaslesBoston USA 
1743 InfluenzaUK 
1743 Yellow FeverNew York USA 
1747 MeaslesCT NY PA SC USA 
17511753SmallpoxUK 
1759 MeaslesNorth America 
1761 InfluenzaUSA & West Indies 
1762 InfluenzaUK 
1763 SmallpoxBoston USA 
1767 InfluenzaUK 
1772 MeaslesUSA 
17751776InfluenzaWorldwide 
1782 InfluenzaUK 
1783 Bilious DisorderUSAThis was fatal & thought to be similar to Dysentery
1785 InfluenzaUK 
1788 MeaslesPA NY USA 
17881789InfluenzaUK 
1789 InfluenzaUSA 
17921799Yellow FeverUSA 
1793 Unknown FeverPA USA 
1793 DiphtheriaUK 
1793 InfluenzaVermont Virginia USA 
1796 SmallpoxUK 
1802 SmallpoxNebraska USA 
1803 Yellow FeverNew York USA 
18161819Typhus & SmallpoxUK 
1820 FeverUSA 
18251826SmallpoxUK 
18261837CholeraWorld Wide 
1826 Dengue FeverUSA & West Indies 
1829 MalariaUSA 
1830 Influenza & CholeraUK 
1831 CholeraUKBegan world wide independent 1826. Killed 31,000 in UK alone.
1831 CholeraUSA 
1832 InfluenzaUSA 
1833 CholeraOhio USA 
1834 CholeraNew York USA 
18361837InfluenzaUK 
1837 TyphusPA USA 
1837 SmallpoxUSANative Indians
18371841Typhus UKKilled on average 16,000 people per year.
18381840Measles & Whooping CoughUKKilled about 50,000
1840 Scarlet FeverUKKilled 20,000
1841 Yellow FeverNO USA 
18461847TyphoidUKKilled 30,000. Caused by a hot dry summer.
18461847InfluenzaUKKilled 13,000
1847 Typhus & InfluenzaUK 
1847 MeaslesUSANative Indians
1847 Yellow FeverNO USA 
1848 CholeraWorld Wide 
1849 CholeraUKin Bromsgrove 25 people died between July and October. Not limited to Bromsgrove !
1850 Yellow Fever USA 
1850 Dengue FeverUSA 
1851 CholeraIL USA 
1852 Yellow FeverNO USA 
1853 CholeraUKBegan in Birmingham
1855 CholeraUK 
1855 Yellow FeverUSA 
1857 InfluenzaWorld Wide 
18571859SmallpoxUKKilled over 14,000
1860 SmallpoxPennsylvania USA 
1861 EpidemicsUSACivil War _ numerous infectious diseases
1863 SmallpoxUKKilled over 20,000
1865 SmallpoxUSA 
1865 TyphusUSA 
1865 CholeraUK 
1865 CholeraUSA 
18681875SmallpoxUSA 
18701872SmallpoxUKKilled 44,800, 7,706 in Birmingham alone
1873 CholeraUSA 
1878 Yellow FeverFlorida USA 
1885 TyphoidPA USA 
1886 Yellow FeverFlorida USA 
1889 InfluenzaWorld Wide 
18891890InfluenezaUK 
18891902British TyphoidBoer War 
1893 PolioUSAFirst known outbreak
1900 PlagueUSA 
1901 SmallpoxUK 
1901 SmallpoxUSA 
19071916PolioUSA 
1917 Spanish InfluenzaWorld Wide 
1918 InfluenzaUK 
1931 PolioUSA 
19421953PolioUSA 
19471949SmallpoxUK 
1950 PolioWorld Wide 
1957 Asian FluUK 
1968 Hong Kong FluUK 

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