2. Bombing of Wall Street, 1920

Photo by New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection from Library of Congress

On September 16th, 1920, a horse drawn wagon pulled up beside 23 Wall Street, then serving as the headquarters of J.P. Morgan’s bank. An explosion shattered windowpanes in the 10-block radius, caused by a bomb that was on the inconspicuous wagon. The explosion killed 36 to 38 people and caused more than two million dollars worth of damage. Although they were never able to prove it, investigators were convinced that anarchists had been behind the attack.

For the full story and photos of 23 Wall Street today, see The Bombing of Wall Street