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The Bombing of Sterling Hall

Sterling Hall bombing

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Interesting Fact:

The Sterling Hall bombing was the most destructive act of domestic terrorism until the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

Study Questions:

  • Who were the three men arrested?
  • What were the ingredients of the bomb and where was it placed?
  • What impact did the bombing have on the anti-war movement at the University of Wisconsin?

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    1932: Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly non-stop across the U.S., flying from Los Angeles to Newark.

  • August 24

    August 24, 1970: Sterling Hall on the University of Wisconsin campus, was bombed as a Vietnam War protest. The bomb, aimed at the Army Mathematics Research Center in Sterling Hall, killed one researcher. Three of the four involved in the bombing were eventually arrested. The fourth, Leo Burt, was never found. The Sterling Hall bombing stunned the anti-war movement across the country.

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