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Old 04-21-2013, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Canada
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America-9/11, Denver shooting, Oklahoma city bombing, waco texas bombing, los angeles riots, Connecticut shooting preschool, portland mall shooting, los angeles mall shooting...
I think I'd include Vietnam. It seemed to result in a real sea change in how Americans thought about alot of things.
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:34 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Yeah, for Russians - WWII I would think, definitely. With over 20 million people dead, huge ( and intended) civilian casualties - it reinforced their distrust towards the West, as in "nothing good can come from there for us."
The most recent event - the nineties - only reinforced this sentiment.
The Soviet regime killed more people in Russia and the USSR than World War II did. I think for Russia its not a single event.....more like their entire history is full of tragedies nonstop. Other countries like this include Iraq, Afghanistan, and Somalia. Though i think for Afghansitan the single event is probably the Soviet invasion, since that ushered in the nonstop decades of war since 1979. Afghanistan has not seen a day of peace since then as one war built on the other. I think Afghanistan has seen longer warfare than any other country today. It is probably the most miserable country in the world with the most miserable history followed by Iraq and Somalia.

First the mujahiddeen fought because of the Soviet invasion. Then the mujahideen fought one another for a while which led to the Taliban eventually taking over, which then led to Operation Enduring Freedom, which leads to the continued conflict with the Taliban leftovers and now the Pakistani Taliban are also involved.

Australia sees the Bali bombings in Indonesia as its 9-11 since so many Australians died there.
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:39 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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The Holocaust technically took place before Israel became a country.

For the modern state of Israel while it has been under constant attack, the worst was probably the Yom Kippur War and the Munich killings.

For Japan I'd have to assume its the atomic bombings and for South Korea its obviously the Korean War, which that country was born out of and still defines it today.
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:28 AM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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USA:

Saints robbing the Vikings in the 2010 NFC championship game.
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:56 AM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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I would wonder if the Partition of Ireland by Britain might be considered by the Irish as a tragedy of importance equal to that of the Famine.

Al Nakba, the flight of refugees and the ethnic cleansing of other Palestinians from the newly declared state of Israel.
Now catch yourself on.
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:59 AM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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Northern ireland - ira and all the atrocities they completed.
Uk - 7/7 bombings
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Scotland
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UK - Dunblane primary school massacre, Hungerford massacre, Cumbria massacre, 7/7.
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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Yes, but all of this is really "small potatoes" compared to the rest of the world.
620,000 people is a lot of people...
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Hong Kong / Vienna
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Besides WW1/2:

The Civil War in 1934 between conservatives and social-democrats (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austrian_Civil_War): In a way, the country still suffers from this.
OPEC Siege 1975 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OPEC_siege): Not really a national tragedy, but still quite interesting.
Vienna Airport Attack 1985 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rome_an...irport_attacks): Parents were there...
Lassing mining accident 1998 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lassing_mining_disaster)
The Galtür Avalanche 1999 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galtür_Avalanche): 31 dead
Kaprun disaster 2000 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaprun_disaster): 155 dead; that's actually the worst thing I can remember

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Old 04-22-2013, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Scotland
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Scotland - Dunblane massacre and Piper Alpha explosion

Dunblane school massacre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Piper Alpha
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