This Day in Jewish History Fire Breaks Out at New York's Triangle Shirtwaist Factory

The worst industrial disaster in New York City's history took the lives of many Jewish and Italian immigrants, and led to a massive overhaul in the city's labor laws.

March 25, 1911 is the day that fire broke out at New York’s Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, trapping and killing 146 workers inside. It was the worst industrial disaster in the city’s history, and the public outrage that resulted from the negligence that characterized the conditions in the factory led to the passage of a number of laws meant to improve industrial safety in New York.