this day in crime history: december 24, 1913

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On this date in 1913, striking copper miners and their families gathered for a Christmas party at the Italian Hall in Calumet, MI. The miners, who worked for the Calumet and Hecla Mining Company, were in the fifth month of their strike. At some point in the evening, someone yelled, “fire!” The party-goers — who numbered over four hundred — raced for the exits, which were insufficient to handle a mass evacuation of that size. Seventy-three people, including fifty-nine children, were killed in the ensuing panic. The person (or people) responsible for starting the panic, and the motive for starting it, were never discovered.

Further reading:

New York TimesX-mas Tree Panic Costs 80 Lives

Wikipedia – Italian Hall disaster

One thought on “this day in crime history: december 24, 1913

  1. John D.:
    A very sad way to greet the holiday…with some idiot who chose to take the joy OUT of Christmas

    Violence (and crime in general) never seems to take a dayoff.

    Good story.

    Have a great holiday.
    God Bless.

    Like

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