Weather and Other Disasters: A Sampling of New York Stock Exchange Shutdowns


March 12-13, 1888

A catastrophic blizzard dumps 50-foot drifts on New York, closing the exchange

Sept. 16, 1920

The first car bomb in history kills nearly 40 on Wall Street, forcing an early closure

March 6-14, 1933

President Roosevelt declares a national bank holiday to halt a series of runs

Nov. 22 and 25, 1963

The exchange shuts down early on the day of President Kennedy’s assassination and closes again for his funeral

July 14, 1977

A widespread blackout darkens New York, and civil unrest follows

Sept. 11-14, 2001

The exchange is shuttered for four days following the World Trade Center attacks

Oct. 29-30, 2012

Citing employee safety as Hurricane Sandy approaches, the exchange is shut in the latest of only eight weather closures since 1885



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