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Old 04-22-2013, 01:08 PM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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I mentioned WW2 and the flood of 1953 on the first page of this thread, but there are some more recent ones I can think of:

The Enschede fireworks disaster in 2000, which killed 23 people and injured 947.

The Volendam New Year's fire in 2001, which killed 14 young people and injured 241.

The assassinations of Pim Fortuyn (right-wing politician) in 2002 and Theo van Gogh (film director) in 2004.

The attack on the Royal Family in 2009, which killed 8 people and injured 10.

The crash of Flight 771 in Tripoli in 2010, which killed 103 people of which 67 were Dutch. The only survivor was a 9-year-old Dutch boy, who miraculously suffered no life-threatening injuries.

All of these events have left a mark on our society.
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Chicago(Northside)
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9/11 is crazy, i cant believe i was on 92 street during 9/11. Defiantly one of the worst terrorist tragedies in the world.

9/11: The 102 minutes that changed America - YouTube
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:41 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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9/11 is crazy, i cant believe i was on 92 street during 9/11. Defiantly one of the worst terrorist tragedies in the world.

9/11: The 102 minutes that changed America - YouTube
I was only in middle school but i remember that day like it was yesterday.
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Old 04-23-2013, 04:16 AM
 
Location: Scotland
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I remember clear as day to, was only in primary school. Grow up with the consciousness of it - wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, London and Glasgow terrorist attacks, Madrid bombings etc. It all stems back to September 11th 2001.
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:20 PM
 
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I remember clear as day to, was only in primary school. Grow up with the consciousness of it - wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, London and Glasgow terrorist attacks, Madrid bombings etc. It all stems back to September 11th 2001.
It goes back further than that - Muslims were hijacking planes as far back as the 1970s.
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:27 PM
 
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What are considered the 'national tragedies' of each country? In Israel, it's the Holocaust, in America, 9/11, in Ireland, the Potato Famine. Armenia has the Armenian Genocide. Norway, the Utoya massacre.

By national tragedy I mean an event that changed and traumatized that nationality to such an extent that it became a permanent part of what being that nationality/ethnicity is about, and that evokes a lot of emotion and patriotic remembrance.
The Holocaust happened in Europe to European Jews. It didn't happen in Israel but one can say that it contributed to the UN decision to establish the state of Israel.

In China the "Rape of Nanjing" is a holocaust of the Japanese invaders on the local Chinese population is considered a national tragedy.
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:40 AM
 
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It goes back further than that - Muslims were hijacking planes as far back as the 1970s.
I know, but in my lifetime it all started with the US embassy and ship bombings in Africa in the 90s, that and Somalia.
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