The Loomis Fargo Heist – Today In Southern History

4 October 1997 

On this date in 1997…

The second largest cash robbery in American history occured at the Charlotte, North Carolina office of Loomis, Fargo and Company. An FBI investigation eventually resulted in 24 convictions and the recovery of approximately 95% of the $17.3 million cash the thieves took.

Other Years:
  • 1876 – The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas formally dedicated by Texas Gov. Richard Coke.
  • 1909 – The first airship race in the U.S. took place in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • 1970 – Singer Janis Joplin of Port Arthur, Texas died of a drug overdose at age 27
  • 1997 – Hundreds of thousands of men attended a Promise Keepers rally on the Mall in Washington, DC.

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