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Coconut Grove Club fire... Boston...



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November 29, 1942

THE DETROIT FREE PRESS, Michigan, November 29, 1942 

* Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire (early 1st report) 
* Worst nightclub disaster in U.S. history 
* 492 would be the total dead
 
 
The front page has a small one column heading: "Boston Fights 5-Alarm Fire; Many Trapped". This is actually a very early 1st report coverage on the Cocoanut Grove nightclub disaster in Boston. This newspaper would actually come out with an extra a few hours later with a large banner headline reporting on this disaster as most papers did across the country. This edition was printed while the fire was still in progress and the extent of the disaster was not known yet at the time, giving the small report here.

Other news, sports and advertisements of the day throughout with much on World war II. Complete in 40+ pages, minor margin wear, otherwise nice.

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.

Category: The 20th Century

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