Terrorism is nothing new. As early as 1885 the first bomb exploded on the London Underground. Even before then, terrorist groups had made their respective marks - the People's Retribution in Russia, the Jacobins in France, Guy Fawkes and his Gunpowder Plot, the Scarii Zealots of Judea. The list is endless, the victims countless, the motives diverse.
Though the British Pathé archive is limited to the years 1895-2006, there is an overwhelming collection of material related to terrorist attacks. These years witnessed terrorism at its most prevalent and this gallery presents just a few examples from that period, using images taken from contemporary newsreel footage.
New York, USA (1919)
Probably the earliest film in the archive concerning an act of terrorism, the footage from which this image is taken features just one of a series of bombings during 1919 carried out in many American cities by anarchists aiming to bring down the "tyrannical institutions" of the State.
It is not clear from British Pathé's records exactly what this image shows, but it is possibly the ruined home of Judge Charles C. Nott, Jr. on 151 East 66 Street, which was a target of the terrorists. Although Nott was unhurt, one night watchman, who had seen a suspicious package left on Nott's doorstep and had gone over to investigate, was killed when it went off in his hands.
As well as in New York, bombs were detonated in seven other cities and thirty-six letter bombs were posted, though many were intercepted before they could explode.
Film: New York bombed, 1919