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Today in History: Anarchists Strike Out Against Wall Street

Posted by Gilbert Stack on September 16, 2018 at 8:00 AM

On this day (September 16) in 1920, a bomb was exploded on Wall Street that killed 38 and people and seriously injured 143. No one knows precisely how many hundreds more received minor injuries. The bomb was maneuvered into place in a horse wagon (which makes is a predecessor of the car bomb). It was the deadliest act of terrorism on U.S. soil up to this time and was probably carried out by Italian anarchists called Galleanists for Luigi Galleani, an anarchist famous for promoting the “propaganda of the deed” (using violence to prompt the overthrow of governments). Unfortunately, it was decided that cleaning up so that the stock exchange could open the next day was more important than the criminal investigation, so we will never know for certain who was responsible for the carnage. The bomb was composed of 100 pounds of dynamite and 500 pounds of cast iron sash weights (used to keep window panels in place).

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