Black Tuesday

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Black Tuesday - Oct. 29, 1929 - was considered to be the worst day in the history of the U.S. stock market. Stocks plunged by 12 percent, having already fallen by 13 percent the previous day. The crash heralded the Great Depression.[1]

A new record for that time of of 16.4 million shares were traded and the ticker tape fell behind by two and a half hours.