The tragic true story of the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire

On the cold night of November 28, 1942, about 1,000 Bostonians jammed into the wildly popular Cocoanut Grove nightclub to both take their minds off the war overseas and the 55–12 drubbing the Boston College Eagles had taken on the football field that afternoon at the hands of underdog Holy Cross.


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Dale M. Brumfield

Anti-death penalty advocate, cultural archaeologist, “American Grotesk” historyteller and author of 12 books. More at