Following is an excerpt from a long article by Laura Knight-Jadczyk published March 27, 2008 at Sott.net, entitled "Meteorites, Asteroids and Comets: Damages, Disasters, Injuries, Deaths, and Very Close Calls".
The article includes a fascinating and extensive timeline of fireball events. It begins with a statement from Professor John S. Lewis, Planetary Sciences at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, Codirector of the NASA/University of Arizona Space Engineering Research Center, and Commissioner of the Arizona State Space Commission:
"Unfortunately, Prof. Lewis did not have to hand the information presented by Mike Baillie in his book "New Light on the Black Death, nor did he consider the global events of 12000 years ago revealed by the work of maverick scientists, Firestone, West and Warwick-Smith. If he had added the estimated numbers of fatalities from those events into his calculations, it might not have decided that the small, faint, and numerous bodies were so easily ignored. I think that if ALL the data were plugged in, the average deaths per year would be a lot higher than 250. Regarding impacts from history, Lewis writes in Comet and Asteroid Impact Hazards on a Populated Earth:
[See complete article and timeline here]