March 25, 1911:
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire kills 146 workers.
At the time, it was the worst industrial disaster in the United States. The garment factory was on the upper floors of a building in Manhattan, and the stairwell doors were locked by management. When the fire broke out, the workers could not escape, and either died in the fire or by jumping from windows. The fire led to the growth of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union and improved safety standards in factories.
Taken from: Taken from: Taken From: This Day in History by Jim Daley; Copyright 2019; Publications International, LTD