Today is the anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911. The factory was located in Greenwich Village in New York City. The fire claimed the lives of 123 women and girls and 23 men, mostly Jewish and Italian immigrants.
This fire goes down as one of the deadliest workplace disasters in U.S. history. The number of fatalities is largely attributed to accessible exit doors being locked to prevent stealing during the day. This fire spawned outrage and calls for reforms in regulations safeguarding workers.