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Old 01-10-2012, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Scotland
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Some massacres of recent times.

Bodo League massacre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Paris massacre of 1961 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Maratha, Santalaris and Aloda massacre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Tel al-Zaatar massacre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Tadmor Prison massacre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
List of Algerian massacres of the 1990s - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Beslan school hostage crisis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Andijan massacre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Virginia Tech massacre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
2011 Norway attacks - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:14 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Actually for Australia the World Wars claimed the most lives by far. The battles on the Western front and Gallipoli could be considered national tragedies.

Some other well known tragedies include several droughts, including the drought in the 1890s/1900s, the Depression which was worldwide, Cyclone Tracy, the Ash Wednesday Bushfires, the Bali Bombing, the 2009 'Black Saturday' bushfires, the Port Arthur Massacre.
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Old 01-10-2012, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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The international borders of most South American countries were formed fairly recently, and are still hotly disputed by citizens, although not a diplomatic issue at all. So for Bolivians, for example, the loss of Arica and the pacific ports is still a national tragedy. School maps on Bolivia still show that part of Chile as inside Bolivia.

The War of the Triple Alliance is virtually the entire relevant history of Paraguay. Some Latin American countries rank as a national tragedy a disputed loss in a football match a half a century ago.

In Quebec, of course, it is Montcalm's lost on the Plains of Abraham. In Louisiana, the expulsion of the Acadians from Nova Scotia.
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Old 01-10-2012, 10:32 PM
 
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Wait, holocaust to Israel? Aren't those European Jewish killed in the genocide?
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Old 01-11-2012, 03:26 PM
 
Location: American Expat
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For the Netherlands it's WW2 and the flood of 1953

(original footage)

Reminds me of this:

[SIZE=2]https://twitter.com/RealTimeWWII[/SIZE]

They are getting ready to be attacked now.
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Old 01-11-2012, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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Bloody Sunday - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloody_Sunday_%281972%29
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:33 PM
 
Location: 30-40°N 90-100°W
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For Belize that one big hurricane was pretty major, but I blanked on the name so looked it up. It was Hurricane Hattie and Belize was still the colony of British Honduras at the time. That said it sounds pretty major to their history.

In 1783-1784 the eruption of Laki apparently killed almost a fourth of Iceland. It seems like I read some thought Iceland might someday have to be abandoned. Laki may have also affected the European environment in a way that contributed to the French Revolution.

I feel like I should think of better examples, but these might be interestingly "obscure" ones.
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Old 01-11-2012, 11:04 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Wait, holocaust to Israel? Aren't those European Jewish killed in the genocide?
Jewish people the world over are affected by the Holocaust. That's why even in the U.S., the Holocaust is considered one of the defining atrocities of the 20th century. Even though it was committed by foreigners against foreigners.

Americans consider Nazis as the closest thing to Satan there is.
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Old 01-12-2012, 02:02 AM
 
Location: Belgium
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For Belgium: World War I and - to a lesser extent - World War II. More recently (from 1996), The Dutroux-scandal (child molester abusing and killing four children) traumatized this nation.
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Old 01-12-2012, 03:31 AM
 
Location: Germany
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Default Rotterdam

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Reminds me of this:

[SIZE=2]https://twitter.com/RealTimeWWII[/SIZE]

They are getting ready to be attacked now.
Interesting video. The casualty numbers are however exaggerated. Not 30,000 people died at the Rotterdam bombing, but 800-1000 (depending on sources).

By the way, the Second World War and the Holocaust were also Germany's biggest national tragedy, and have influenced German people and politics since.
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