July 12 marks the date of what destructive 1973 event?

Answer: The National Archives fire

by News Staff / July 12, 2013

Approximately 16 to 18 million military personnel records were lost in the fire that occurred at the United States National Personnel Records Center in Overland, Mo., on July 12, 1973. The event spurred discussion about how such facilities should be constructed and whether sprinkler systems do more harm than good where protecting records is concerned.