40 Horrifying Facts about History’s Greatest Tragedies

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26Bronx club tragedy

Bronx club tragedy

On March 25, 1990 a jealous ex-boyfriend torched a Bronx social club with gasoline to get revenge on his ex-girlfriend. He ended up killing 87 people in what would become the deadliest fire in New York City since the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire that occurred 79 years before on the very same day.

27. During the Bodo League Massacre more than 100,000 suspected communists were killed by the South Korean government in 1950. US, Australian, and British officials witnessed and photographed the political genocide.

28. The 1815 Mount Tambora eruption killed 100,000 people and caused a volcanic winter and a massive famine around the world. To this day it is the most powerful recorded eruption ever. It is rated VEI 7 on the Volcano Explosivity Index. It is widely known as “The Year without a summer.”

29. The Wounded Knee Massacre was a domestic massacre of 300 unarmed Lakota people by soldiers of US Army. 20 soldiers received Medals of Honor for the incident, including one for “conspicuous bravery in rounding up and bringing to the skirmish line a stampeded pack mule.”

30. 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.

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311972 Munich Massacre

1972 Munich Massacre

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.

32. 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.

33. 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.

34. 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.

35. 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.

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36Zong Massacre

Zong Massacre

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.

37. 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.

38. The Nevado del Ruiz volcano that erupted in 1985 caused a volcanic mudslide that buried the town of Armero, Colombia and killed approximately 23,000 people.

39. The Carnival tragedy of 1823 was a human crush which occurred in 1823 at a Convent in Malta. About 110 boys who had gone to the convent to receive bread on the last day of carnival celebrations were killed after falling down a flight of steps while trying to get out of the convent.

40. During the Colfax Massacre, approximately 150 Black men were murdered by white men with guns and cannons for trying to freely assemble at a courthouse.

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