On This Day

Legionnaire's Disease in History

Historical Events

  • 1976-07-21 1st outbreak of "Legionnaire's Disease" kills 29 in Philadelphia
  • 1977-01-18 Scientists identify a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious Legionnaires' disease.
  • 1978-08-11 Legionnaire's disease bacteria isolated in Atlanta
  • 2015-08-11 Largest ever outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in New York - 12 dead, with over 100 cases in the South Bronx

Famous Deaths

  • 1976-07-27 Ray Brennan, retired US Air Force captain, American Legion bookkeeper and the 1st American to die of "Legionnaire's Disease", dies of an apparent heart attack at 61