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Sterling Hall Bombing

Sterling Hall Bombing | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
Two men in hard hats observe the ruins of Sterling Hall after it was bombed.  Unfortunately, despite an attempt to detonate the bomb when the building was vacant, a physics researcher conducting research unrelated to Army Math Research Center, was killed in the explosion. The sobering impact of Robert Fassnacht's death brought a sudden halt to the violence to which anti-war protesters and police had resorted.
DESCRIPTION
Two men in hard hats observe the ruins of Sterling Hall after it was bombed. Unfortunately, despite an attempt to detonate the bomb when the building was vacant, a physics researcher conducting research unrelated to Army Math Research Center, was killed in the explosion. The sobering impact of Robert Fassnacht's death brought a sudden halt to the violence to which anti-war protesters and police had resorted.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:33886
Creation Date:August 24 1970
Creator Name:Schulz, Gary R. (Gerhard)
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Collection Name:Schulz, Gary (Gerhard R.) : Photographs, circa 1945-1985
Genre:Photograph
Original Format Type:photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number:M96-021 89
Original Dimensions:2 x 2 inch
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Early on August 24th, 1970, a van loaded with six barrels of explosives blew up just outside the East Wing of Sterling Hall at the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison. The bombing was carried out by four men in protest of America's involvement in the Vietnam War. The four men responsible were, Karl Armstrong, Dwight Armstrong, David Fine and Leo Burt. The bombing was directed against the Mathematics Research Center, a U.S.-Army-funded facility, which was located in the East Wing of Sterling Hall along with the physics and astronomy departments. "Army Math," as it was known, was despised by many antiwar activists who felt the center was contributing to the death and destruction in Southeast Asia through its research and had no place on a public university campus.
SUBJECTS
University of Wisconsin
Bombings
Explosions
College buildings

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