Remembering the Fraunces Tavern bombing

NY Daily News 6 months ago

The aftermath of the Fraunces Tavern bombing on January 24, 1975, which killed four people and injured more than 50 others. Though no one was ever charged for the attack, the Puerto Rican nationalist group "Fuerzas Armadas de Liberacion Nacional", or FALN, proudly claimed responsibility.
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A New York City Fire Department aerial tower approaches an upper window at the blast site. The FALN reportedly planned the attack in response to an similar attack carried out by the CIA in a restaurant in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico two weeks earlier. Three were killed and 11 were injured in the latter attack.
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A cop calls for help as he kneels by a victim in the rubble of the Anglers and Tarpon Club, next to Fraunces Tavern, on Broad St. The victims of the Fraunces Tavern bombing included Frank Conner, 33, who was a banker; Harold H. Sherburne, 66, who was a businessman; James Gezork, 32, an executive visiting from Wilmington, Delaware; and Alejandro Berger, 28, an executive who worked for a chemical company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was also visiting.
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Little Joseph Connor (left) was playing with his friends on his ninth birthday when his mother called him inside. His father, Frank (right), 33, a banker meeting with clients, had been killed in the Fraunces Tavern bombing. "It was as bad a situation as you can imagine," Joseph Connor, now 50, said. "You go from celebrating your birthday to finding out your dad was murdered, all in an instant."
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A woman injured from the explosion looks at her hands as a priest offers solace before arrival of an ambulance on Broad St. The Fraunces Tavern bombing was one of over 120 attacks the FALN carried out in the United States.
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An injured man, wrapped in a blanket, is led by emergency workers away from the scene on the Fraunces Tavern explosion on January 24, 1975. Some of those not killed in the explosion lost limbs, including legs and fingers, and eyes.
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Police detectives and emergency responders survey the area and assist the injured, respectively, following the Fraunces Tavern bombing.
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Police detectives and emergency responders survey the area following the Fraunces Tavern bombing on January 24, 1975.
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Rubble, including a broken chair, litters Broad St. outside the shattered windows of Fraunces Tavern as police confer following the fatal blast. "It was lunchtime," recalled Fire Marshal John Knox, now 81. "The walls were blown out, debris on the street. People were burned, they were covered with soot, dirt. It was mayhem.”
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An aerial view of Fraunces Tavern following the bombing of the establishment on January 24, 1975.
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Police officers and emergency responders surveying the damaged insides of Fraunces Tavern.
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Emergency responders ushering an injured victim of the explosion, covered in a sheet, away from the blast site.
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An injured woman is hurried from the scene of the bombing, surrounded by police officers and emergency responders.
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Emergency responders and bystanders assist each other in moving injured victims of the Fraunces Tavern bombing to safety.
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Firefighters rush an injured man away from the scene of the Fraunces Tavern bombing site on January 24, 1975. More than 50 people were injured on top of four fatalities.
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Firefighters being hoisted to the upper level of Fraunces Tavern following the January 24, 1975 bombing.
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Law enforcement officials released these photographs of Oscar Lopez Rivera in the late '70s as they hunted for the fugitive FALN member, who was finally collared on May 29, 1981.
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FALN member Oscar Lopez Rivera being taken to jail after being convicted of sedition in Chicago in 1981. The crime led to 55 years in federal prison, with an additional 15 years tacked on in 1988 for attempting to escape USP Leavenworth. After rejecting clemency in 1999, Lopez Rivera was released from prison on May 17, 2017, after 35 years by former President Barack Obama. The act received flak from people whose relatives were killed in the Fraunces Tavern bombing, in addition to members of the general public. Lopez Rivera was named the "National Freedom Hero" of New York City's 2017 Puerto Rican Day Parade, a move which prompted a nearly universal backlash and the withdrawing of sponsors like JetBlue and the Yankees.
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