Early Terrorist Attack on Wall Street; New York City, 1920
Around noon on September 16, 1920 a bomb exploded outside the J.P. Morgan Building just across from the New York Stock Exchange on Wall St. A total of 33 people in the lunch-time crowd were killed and another 400 people were injured. The bomb had been placed on a horse-drawn cart.
An $80,000 reward was offered, but none of the culprits were ever caught. Speculation accused the anarchists who had been responsible for a number of earlier bombings in the city. It was thought that the terrorists wished to strike at the symbolic heart of capitalism. In this they were successful; however, 433 innocent bystanders had to pay the price for their message.
“Real things don’t frighten me just the ones in my mind do.”