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The modern generation has been programmed to think the destruction in New York on September 11, 2001 was the most terrible event ever, but it wouldn't even make the list of worst human tragedies. If you know of a "Forgotten Tragedy", please email and tell me about it.

As Iranian Airlines Flight 655 was climbing to 14,000 feet, the USS Vincennes, commanded by Captain William Rogers, fired two surface-to-air missiles. The forgotten tragedy of the Cap Arcona, the last major indignity of the Holocaust and one of history’s worst maritime disasters. A school board member named Andrew Kehoe, upset over property taxes, wired the school with dynamite and set it off on the morning of May 18, 1927. Kehoe’s actions killed 45 people, 38 of whom were children.
The bodies of over 4,000 Confederates who died of miserable conditions at Camp Douglas were moved to a mass grave called ''Confederate Mound'' in 1867. In ''The Iron Cage'' by Nigel Cawthorne, the author exposes Britain and America’s betrayal of its own soldiers who ended up as pawns in a game over which they had no control. The Sultana was a Mississippi River steamboat paddle wheeler destroyed in an explosion on April 27, 1865, the greatest maritime disaster in United States history. The devastating fire aboard the SS Morro Castle was a catalyst for improved shipboard fire safety.
After the bombing was over, 26,000 buildings lay in wreckage, and 25,000 men, women and children lay dead in the street or buried under the rubble. In December, 1937, Japanese forces captured the Chinese capital of Nanking. What followed was the killing of over 200,000 men, women, and children. The price of victory in France at Vimy Ridge was high: 10,500 casualties, including 3,598 dead. Most victims lost their life not during the war but following the ending of the hostilities in the course of expulsion, in forced marches and transports, in captivity or perished by malnutrition, cold or died violently under allied occupation.
The Katyn Massacure, in which 22,000 Polish army officers, policemen, and civil servants were murdered by the Soviets was probably the most senseless of Stalin's crimes. On March 18, 1943, the Japanese destroyer Akikaze removed European and Malay nationals from some of the New Guineas islands in the Bismarck Sea. In May, 1943, Japanese soldiers massacred 30,000 Chinese civilians at Changjiao. On November 26, 1943, 1,138 men, including 1,015 U.S. soldiers, died when the HMT Rohna was attacked and sunk in the Mediterranean. The event was kept secret from the American people.
By capturing the Gallipoli Peninsula, the Allies hoped to threaten the Ottoman capital, Constantinople (now Istanbul) and knock the Turks out of the World War. The bombing was generally considered unnecessary, as the war in Europe was almost over. Germans pause to remember the 35,000 victims every February. As well as the estimated two million rapes in Germany, there were between 70,000 and 100,000 in Vienna and anywhere from 50,000 to 200,000 in Hungary, as well as thousands in Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, Yugoslavia, and Czechoslovakia. The partition of India was the largest mass migration in history of some 10 million. As many as one million civilians died in the accompanying riots and fighting.
Japanese soldiers, infuriated with the Chinese for helping Doolittle's B-25 Raiders escape, retaliated by murdering an estimated 250,000 Chinese civilians. The 141st and 143rd Infantry regiments suffered 2,128 casualties in 48 hours, including 155 killed, 1,052 wounded and 921 missing or captured. Most people know about the atomic bombs dropped on Japan, but few know about the terrible loss of life when incendiary bombs were dropped on Tokyo. Many ships have sunk with horrible loss of life, but never have so many lives been lost with a single ship.
The influenza epidemic was so severe that the average life span in the US was depressed by 10 years. August 26, 1883 would mark the last 24 hours on earth for over 36,000 people, and the destruction of hundreds of coastal villages and towns. Of the estimated 1,800 American prisoners of war aboard the Arisan Maru, only 8 survived, 3 were recaptured, and 5 were rescued by Chinese fishermen. according to meticulous German records, of the 40,000 killed, the body count was 13,000 men, 21,000 women and over 8,000 children.


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