This is a file photo showing the destroyed American Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, following a car bomb, April 19, 1983. Terrorist bombs exploded minutes apart outside the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania Friday, Aug. 7, 1998, killing at least 81 people, injuring more than 1,700 and turning buildings into mountains of shattered concrete. Image Credit: AP

1983 - Sixty-two people were killed and more than 100 wounded when a car bomb devastated part of the American embassy in Beirut. The blast, which rocked west Beirut, brought down the front section of the seven-storey building, causing floors to buckle into a heap of broken concrete. In Washington, officials said the dead included 17 men in US Marine Corps uniforms, four local employees of the embassy and two Lebanese soldiers. The only possible clue to those responsible for the blast was a telephone call to the French news agency. A spokeswoman said the caller claimed responsibility and referred to the explosion as “Operation Dawn.” American Marines and French troops from the four-nation peace force in Beirut arrived at the Embassy to help rescue workers and cordon off the Embassy.

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