33 Notable Accidents & Catastrophes History Has Seen

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26Stardust fire

A number of deaths in the Stardust Nightclub fire in Artane, Dublin, Ireland can be attributed to people mistaking the men's restroom for the main exit. 48 died and 214 were injured as a result of the fire.


27. During the 1972 Munich massacre, the German Police had no trained snipers. The army did, but the constitution did not permit the military to be used on German soil during peacetime, adding to the failure of the rescue operation.


28. During the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971, Pakistani soldiers killed 3 million Bangladeshi in one of the worst genocides in history. The USA took Pakistan’s side which they regretted later.


29. In 1992, a prison riot broke out in Carandiru Penitentiary in Brazil. The police stormed the prison and 68 of the officers killed 102 inmates. Some inmates were executed after surrendering or when they were hiding in their cells. In 2013, 63 of the police officers were sentenced to 48 to 624 years in jail.


30. During the Ludlow Massacre, in 1914, the Colorado National Guard and the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company open-fired with machine guns on a tent colony of striking coal miners and their families, killing 21 people.


31Circassian Genocide

The Circassian genocide (1864-1870) was the Russian Empire's systematic mass murder, ethnic cleansing, forced migration, and expulsion 1,500,000 Circassians in an attempt to make room for Russian colonization in Circassia.


32. During the Zong Massacre, in 1781, a British slave ship threw 130 chained African slaves overboard and claimed compensation under the ship's insurance. They falsely blamed the act on water shortage and lost their case.


33. The Dzungar genocide was the mass extermination of the Mongol Dzungar people at the hands of the Chinese Qing dynasty. Following a rebellion, the Emperor decided to eradicate the Dzungar. Around 80% of the population was exterminated in what a historian has called “the 18-century genocide par excellence.” This event brought the Uygur into today’s Xinjiang.

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