Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire (March 25, 1911)
Likely started by a discarded cigarette, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire claimed the lives of 146 mostly young women. It took an unusually unlucky set of circumstances to transform a relatively serious fire with minimum loss of life into one of the deadliest workplace tragedies in American history. In the months and years following the tragedy, legislation passed dramatically improving factory safety standards and working conditions in the garment industry in New York. To learn more about the unusual circumstances that led to this tragic loss of life pick up a copy of “Beyond the Ides” today!