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Coconut Grove Club fire...



Item # 590859

November 29, 1942

THE TOPEKA DAILY CAPITAL, Topeka, Kansas, November 29, 1942

* Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire (early 1st report)
* Worst nightclub disaster in U.S. history
* 492 would be the total dead


This 30 page newspaper has a four column headline on the front page: "Boston Fire Kills 260" with subhead: "Night Club Blaze Toll May Reach 400; Many Injured". This is an early 1st report coverage on the Cocoanut Grove nightclub disaster in Boston.

Other news, sports and advertisements of the day throughout with much on World war II. A few small binding holes along the spine, otherwise in good condition.

wikipedia notes: The Cocoanut Grove was a nightclub in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. On November 28, 1942, the fashionable nightclub burned in what remains the deadliest nightclub fire in United States history, killing 492 people and injuring hundreds more. It is also the second-worst single-building fire in American history; only the Iroquois Theater fire in Chicago in 1903 killed more (602). The tragedy shocked the nation and briefly replaced World War II news headlines. The fire led to a reform of fire codes and safety standards across the country and prompted a seminal study of grief. The club's owner, Barney Welansky, who had boasted of his ties to the Mafia and to Boston Mayor Maurice J. Tobin, was eventually found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

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