On this day, April 26, 1937, Guernica (Gernika) is bombed during the Spanish Civil War by German Luftwaffe. There was no military value to the bombing and the event is known as the one of the first raids on a defenseless civilian population by a modern air force. The massacre was immortalized in Pablo Picasso's "Mural del Gernika" as well as René Iché's sculpture "Gernika."
Thomas E. Keefe
Assistant Professor of Humanities,