Bonus: Hindenburg Crash, 1937
This event did not take place in New York City, but is worthy of mention for the region. In 1937, the German blimp, the Hindenburg was the world’s largest airship and in the lead up to World War II, a Nazi vehicle for nationalistic pride. It made it across the Atlantic Ocean from Frankfurt to New Jersey, only to explode upon landing killing 35 people. The arrival was meant to be a news event, explaining the wealth of photographs and video footage of the event. Incredibly, there were survivors, though significant injuries were reported.
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