On this day in history, July 27, 1996, a crudely made pipe bomb exploded into the crowds gathered in Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park killing one person and injuring more than 100.
The attack, officially considered an act of "domestic terrorism," occurred just days after the TWA flight 800 blast, compounding America's fear of terrorism.
This explosion was the first Olympic-related terrorist incident since the 1972 attack on the Israeli team at the Munich games.
A security guard present at the park on July 27th, Richard Jewell, was initially hailed as a hero for clearing the area after noticing the conspicuous backpack holding the bomb only to find himself as the FBI's prime suspect in the case. Richard Jewell was later cleared of any charges.