Victoria Docks Blasts: The Explosions That Built India’s Commercial Capital

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Victoria Docks Blasts: The Explosions That Built India’s Commercial Capital

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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f you were to ask a historian about the darkest day the world has ever witnessed, they’d choose from a handful of answers. Like the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the early days of August 1945, people wiped out within seconds. They’d likely bring up the volcanic eruption at Pompeii, which no one seemed to have survived. They might even talk about the death of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the event that precipitated World War I.

These events shaped the world we live in. Dark, but iconic days.

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