On this date, in 2010, Annie Welsh, who as a toddler survived the Dec. 6, 1917, Halifax Explosion and came to be known as Ashpan Annie, died at a Halifax seniors residence. She was 95. Her mother and brother died when the blast ripped through their Barrington Street home and she was thrown under the kitchen stove. Her father was a soldier overseas. Relief efforts were hampered by a major snowstorm, but she survived because the ashes in the ashpan kept her warm for 26 hours, until soldiers rescued her.