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January 28, 2007|By FRANK ROYLANCE | FRANK ROYLANCE,Sun Reporter -- Weather Blogger

Exactly 150 years after the "Washington and Jefferson Snowstorm" dropped a record 3 feet of snow on the region, a 28-inch snowfall brought Washington its worst weather disaster ever. On Jan. 28, 1922, the roof of the Knickerbocker Theatre fell beneath the weight of the snow and carried the balcony down with it. Ninety-eight moviegoers were killed and 158 were injured, some trapped for hours. News accounts said small boys crawled through the rubble to give the victims pain medication.

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