Sept. 16, New York City: TNT bomb planted in
unattended horse-drawn wagon exploded on Wall Street opposite House of
Morgan, killing 35 persons and injuring hundreds more. Bolshevist or
anarchist terrorists believed responsible, but crime never
Jan. 24, New York City: bomb set off in historical
Fraunces Tavern killed four and injured more than 50 persons. Puerto
Rican nationalist group (FALN) claimed responsibility and police tied 13
other bombings to it.
Feb. 26, New York City: bomb exploded in basement
garage of World Trade Center; killed six and injured at least 1,040
others. Six Middle Eastern men were later convicted in this act of
vengeance for the Palestinian people. They claimed to be retaliating
against U.S. support for the Israeli government.
April 19, Oklahoma City: car bomb exploded outside
federal office building, collapsing wall and floors. 168 persons were
killed, including 19 children and one person who died in rescue effort.
Over 220 buildings sustained damage. Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols
later convicted in the antigovernment plot to avenge the Branch Davidian
standoff in Waco, Tex., exactly two years earlier.
Sept. 11, New York City and Arlington, Va.:
American Airlines Boeing 767 and United Airlines Boeing 767,
both en route from Boston to Los Angeles, were hijacked and flown only
minutes apart into the north and south towers of the World Trade Center
in New York City. Shortly afterwards, American Airlines Boeing 757, en
route from Washington, DC, to Los Angeles, crashed into the Pentagon. A
fourth hijacked plane, operated by United and headed from Newark to San
Francisco, crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pa. Both World Trade
Center towers collapsed, and a section of the Pentagon was destroyed.
All 266 passengers and crew aboard the aircraft were killed; final death
toll and persons responsible unknown on current date (28 September 2001),
although total deaths were estimated to be in the thousands.