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Fraunces Tavern - NYC, NY
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2
N 40° 42.207 W 074° 00.685
18T E 583513 N 4506307
Quick Description: On January 24, 1975, four people were killed and 50 injured by a bomb at Fraunces Tavern.
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 2/9/2014 8:14:00 PM
Waymark Code: WMK430
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
Views: 1

Long Description:
Fraunces Tavern, owned by Sons of the Revolution, played an important role both before and during the American Revolutionary War. The Tavern was even damaged by a British cannonball during the War.
The Wikipedia page for the Tavern (visit link) of course discusses in detail the site's history relating to the Revolutionary War, but also includes this information:

"A bomb was exploded in the building on January 24, 1975, killing four people and injuring more than 50 others. The Puerto Rico nationalist group FALN, the Armed Forces of Puerto Rican National Liberation, which had other bomb incidents in New York in the 70s, claimed responsibility. No one had been prosecuted for the bombing as of April 17, 2013.

Among the victims who died was a young banker, Frank Connor (Fair Lawn, NJ,) 33, who had worked his way up over 15 years from clerk to assistant vice president (AVP) at Morgan Guaranty Trust. Mr. Connor left behind his wife Mary (Connor-Tully) and two sons, Thomas, 11, and Joseph, 9. A second New York worker was Harold H. Sherburne, 66, whose career on Wall Street spanned four decades. Two executives, James Gezork, 32, of Wilmington, Del., and Alejandro Berger, 28, who worked for a Philadelphia-based chemical company, had traveled to New York for business meetings.

Sherburne, Connor and Berger died on the spot. Gezork lost his fight for life later at the hospital.

In a note police found in a phone booth nearby, the FALN wrote, “we … take full responsibility for the especially detornated (sic) bomb that exploded today at Fraunces Tavern, with reactionary corporate executives inside.”

The note explained that the bomb — roughly 10 pounds of dynamite that had been crammed into an attaché case and slipped into the tavern’s entrance hallway — was retaliation for the “CIA ordered bomb” that killed three and injured 11, one a child (6 yrs old,) in a restaurant in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico two (2) weeks earlier.

A memorial plaque with some victims' names is hung in the newly restored/renovated Tavern's (December 2012) large dining room."
Date of crime: 1/24/1975

Public access allowed: yes

Fee required: no

Web site: [Web Link]

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