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Knickerbocker Theater Collapse
Washington DC

January 29, 1922

For two days, snow from a blizzard on January 27, 1922, blanketed the area around Washington DC, resulting in accumulations of more than two feet. On the night of January 29, 1922, 300 people were attending a movie at the Knickerbocker Theater, at the corner of 18th Street and Columbia Road. In the middle of the film, the accumulated snow on the theater?s roof collapsed the building and tons of steel and concrete fell down on top of the theatergoers. One hundred and eight people were killed. Another 133 people were hospitalized. Rescuers worked through the night to pull out the injured from beneath the rubble.

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