List of assassinations and acts of terrorism against Americans

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This article is a list of assassinations and acts of terrorism against Americans.

19th century[edit]

20th century[edit]




  • 1920 - The Wall Street bombing kill 28 and seriously injures 143. Galleanist anarchists were suspected, but no one was ever caught.
  • 1921 - In the Tulsa race riot, reports claimed that whites in airplanes dropped dynamite onto an area called the Black Wall Street. Around 39-300 people were killed with more than 1,100 homes and businesses destroyed in the riot.
  • 1927 - The Bath School disaster in Bath Township, Michigan killed 45 and wounded 58, mostly children. The perpetrator, Andrew Kehoe, blew himself up.






  • 1981 - Retired General James Dozier was kidnapped by the leftist Italian Red Brigades Marxist terrorist group.
  • 1983 - April 18 - The Bombing at United States Embassy in Beirut. 63 people, including 17 Americans, are killed.
  • 1983 - October 23 - The Beirut barracks bombing. 305 people, including 241 US servicemen, are killed by 2 suicide bombers.
  • 1983 - November 7 - The Armed Resistance Unit, a militant leftist group, bombs the U.S. Capitol in response to the U.S. invasion of Grenada.
  • 1984 - Twenty-two people were killed (two of them American) and seventy were wounded when a van loaded with four hundred pounds of explosives exploded in front of the U.S. Embassy annex in Awkar, Lebanon. Islamic Jihad (code name of Hezbollah) claimed responsibility for the bombing in a call to the media.
  • 1985 - June 14 - TWA Flight 847 hijacked, U.S. Navy diver is killed by Hezbollah.
  • 1984 -June 18 - Alan Berg, a Jewish talk radio host, is fatally shot by members of The Order, a white supremacist terrorist group.
  • 1985 - August 8 - US Army Specialist Edward Pimental is murdered by members of the Red Army Faction. His military identification card is later used to gain access to Rhein-Main Air Base to plant a car bomb.
  • 1985 - August 9 - The car bomb planted at Rhein-Main Air Base explodes, killing two and wounding eleven.
  • 1985 - October 7 - Achille Lauro hijacking, Leon Klinghoffer, a wheel-chair bound American is killed by Palestinian militants.
  • 1985 - October 11 - Alex Odeh assassinated in a bombing as he opened the door of his office at 1905 East 17th Street, Santa Ana, California. Odeh was west-coast regional director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). The FBI charged Robert Manning, a member of the JDL, with the murder. Manning flees to Israel, but is later extradited for a different murder, tried and sentenced to 30 years. Odeh's murder remains technically unsolved.
  • 1985 - November 25 - A car bomb explodes outside of the Post Exchange complex in Frankfurt, Germany, wounding 34[1]
  • 1986 - April 2 - Four Americans are killed and five injured when a bomb explodes aboard TWA Flight 840 as it travels from Rome to Athens. The aircraft is able to land safely at Athens International Airport.
  • 1986 - April 6 - A Berlin discotheque bombing kills a Turkish woman and 2 US servicemen and injures 230 people, including more than 50 American servicemen.
  • 1987 - A car bomb explodes outside the back gate of the U.S. Embassy in Rome and mortars are fired at the compound from across the street. One passerby is injured in the attacks.
  • 1988 - April 14 - At 8 p.m., a car bomb explodes in front of the USO Club in Naples, Italy. Five people die and fifteen are injured, including four U.S. servicemen who are injured and US Navy Petty Officer Angela Santos, 21, are killed. Junzo Okudaira, a Japanese Red Army (JRA) member, was indicted in the United States on April 9, 1993 for the Naples bombing. Okudaira is also a suspect in the June 1987 car bombing and mortar attack against the U.S. Embassy in Rome.
  • 1988 - December 21 - Pan Am Flight 103, outbound from London for New York with 259 people aboard, is destroyed by a bomb on December 21, 1988 while over Lockerbie, Scotland. All aboard the aircraft are killed as were eleven persons on the ground.
  • 1988 - 1990 - Marine Col. Rich Higgins kidnapped, tortured and murdered by Hezbollah terrorists.


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  1. ^ JAMES M. MARKHAM, Special to the New York Times (1985-11-25). "BOMBING AT PX IN FRANKFURT WOUNDS 34". West Germany; Frankfurt (West Germany): Retrieved 2016-02-03. 
  2. ^ Three killed in Gaza convoy blast
  3. ^ 3 Hours In Orlando: Piecing Together An Attack And Its Aftermath, June 26, 20165:09 PM ET, Ariel Zambelich and Alyson Hurt,