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Sept. 16, 1920: Wall Street Is Bombed

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The suspect was never caught for the blast in the Financial District of Manhattan 101 years ago. The explosion occurred across from J.P. Morgan headquarters during lunchtime.

A horse-drawn wagon containing 100 pounds of dynamite caused 40 fatalities that day. Young messengers, stenographers, clerks, and brokers were among the victims.

Labor struggles and anti-capitalist agitation were likely what sparked the attack. The blast caused more than $2 million in property damage.

Trading was suspended on the New York Stock Exchange to prevent panic. The NYSE decided to open for business the following day.

Physical evidence was then destroyed by cleaning crews preparing for normal business operations.

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