Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Bombings Not So Rare in NYC Over Last 100 Years

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Samuel J. Melville bomber
Marine Midland Building Bombing
In August 1969, the equivalent of 24 sticks of dynamite exploded in a financial district building, injuring two of the 150 late-shift workers. The attack was the first of eight that year that "rocked major institutions in New York City," the Times reported. Marine Midland and several other bombings were connected to a proto-Weather Underground group led by Samuel Melville, who was captured in 1969. This was the height of NYC bombings. "One study found that from January 1969 to October 1970, there were about 370 bombings — most of them minor — in New York, an average of more than one every other day," the Times reported. [photo]

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