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Speakers on for Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra Playing Their 3 Million Seller and Runner Up Hit in 1923, “Three O’clock in the Morning”
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The Wall Street bombing was an incident that occurred at 12:01 p.m. on September 16, 1920, in the Financial District of New York City. Thirty-eight were killed and 400 people were injured by the blast.A horse-drawn wagon passed by lunchtime crowds. The wagon then stopped across the street from the headquarters of the J.P. Morgan bank on the financial districts busiest corner. Inside, 100 pounds of dynamite with 500 pounds of heavy, cast-iron sash weights exploded in a timer-set detonation, sending the slugs tearing through the air. The horse and wagon were blasted into small fragment..
A small group if Italian Anarchists were suspected but were never charged due to lack of evidence. Their motive was revenge for the deportation and jailing of some of their group.
The bombing caused renewed investigation into the activities and movement of foreign radicals, stimulating the development of the U.S. Justice Department’s General Intelligence Division of the Bureau of Investigation (forerunner of the FBI).
One of the Directors assistants, a fast-rising young civil servant named John Hoover, was put in charge of assembling all information possible about radical groups throughout the United States.
Day After the June 28, 1924 Loraine, Ohio Tornado
1928 Picture of 39 Year Old Hitler at Nazi Party Rally in Nuremberg. His Rise to Power Would Begin After the Beginning of the Depression.
The February 14, 1929 Valentine's Day Massacre was ordered by Al Capone to eliminate competition from George "Bugs" Moran's North Side Gang because they were encroaching on his territory. Capone delegated the job to his murderous henchman, "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn and headed to his home in Miami to establish his alibi. Mcgurn baited the Moran gang with the promise of a shipment of smuggled alcohol at a price too good to pass up. The delivery was to take place at a garage at 2122 North Clark Street that Moran used to conduct his business. McGurn distanced himself from the activities of that day by staying away and bringing in hit men from the Detroit gang to carry out the executions. Moran himself was late getting to the garage and fled when he saw the executioners, some dressed as police officers, entering the garage. Although he escaped, the damage was done. Moran lost power and eventually control of the North Side.
Moran's men were lined up against the wall and the hit men opened up with two Thompson submachine guns, backed up by pistols and shotguns. Six men died immediately and one survived till he got to the hospital in spite of 22 bullet wounds, even reviving briefly before dying. True to the gangsters' code, though, he went to his grave without squealing. "I'm not gonna talk. Nobody shot me," he said before expiring.