17 March 2009


On this day in 1940, a bomb exploded in a parcel room at Grand Central Station in New York City. Though no damage was done, the resulting smoke caused understandable panic. The device, put into a suitcase in which police found a map of New Zealand, was believed by authorities to have detonated too soon. Its true purpose may have been to play a role in sabotaging one of the three liners now engaged as troop ships--the Queen Mary, Normandie, and Queen Elizabeth, all at port in New York Harbor. Only four days later, the Queen Mary would depart for Sydney, Australia, on her first voyage of World War II. 

Canberra Times

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