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NY marks 25th anniversary of social club fire that killed 87

Mar 25, 2015 - Associated Press Online

NEW YORK (AP) - Twenty-five years ago, what was then the biggest mass murder in U.S. history turned a dance club into a smoky, flame-filled inferno that left nearly 90 people dead, some with drinks still clutched in their hands.

That night, a Cuban refugee named Julio Gonzalez tried to win back the woman who had spurned him.

Gonzalez entered the Happy Land social club in the Bronx, which was humming with people - mostly immigrants - partying and dancing. His former live-in girlfriend...