Hello Hello. Sorry in advance, but this top is very likely to weigh down the atmosphere. But don’t run away! Even if we are going to address many of the misfortunes that have marked us and will probably mark us forever, it is important to talk about them. Still. To not forget. Well then… To learn that behind a dark date sometimes hides several tragic events. I warned you, it’s not funny, but it’s important!
1. November 13
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2015 : France is still moved and torn at this memory. On November 13, 2015, Paris and its suburbs were hit by a series of attacks, causing the death of 130 people in total. 400 others are injured. A first attack took place in Saint-Denis, near the Stade de France, where a friendly France-Germany football match was being played. Only terrorists find death there. Then, it is the 10th and 11th arrondissements that are heavily affected. In the Bataclan concert hall, 90 people are killed. In the streets, several bars and restaurants are the target of gunfire. 39 people are killed.
1887 : U2 sang it later, it’s “Bloody Sunday”. “Bloody Sunday” is the nickname given to November 13, 1887, the day of a violent police dispersal during a peaceful demonstration by workers in London. Two demonstrators died and 150 were injured. Three other events are also known as “Bloody Sundays”: a day of violence during the Second Boer War in 1900, a day of violence in Dublin during the Irish War of Independence in 1920, and the Derry massacre in 1972.
1002 : the Massacre of Saint-Brice. English King Æthelred the Misguided orders the slaughter of all Danes in the Kingdom of England, lest they plot to take over the country. Historians cannot say how many people died that day, but it is known that among the many victims were the sister and brother-in-law of the King of Denmark, Sven with the Forked Beard.
2. January 9
2015 : two days after the terrorist attack against the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo, causing the death of 12 people in the 11th arrondissement of Paris, a terrorist takes hostage a kosher convenience store, Porte de Vincennes. He kills 4 people, before being killed by a RAID and BRI assault.
2020 : in Niger, the Islamic State organization is carrying out an attack against the military base of Chinégodar, in the region of Tillabéri. Two days later, the Reuters agency announced that the toll on the Niger army side was 89 dead.
3. April 20
2008 : the Al-Hidaya Mosque massacre, in Somalia. That day, 21 people were killed by soldiers while they were at the mosque in Mogadishu, to pray, or because they were members of it.
1889 : it is the birth of Hitler. If this day had not existed, approximately 6 million Jewish people would not have died under the conditions that we know.
4. September 11
2001 : the USA is shaken by four Islamist suicide attacks, causing the death of 2,977 people in less than two hours. That day, 19 terrorists belonging to Al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners. The first two are projected onto the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York. The third is directed to the Pentagon, headquarters of the Washington Department of Defense. Finally, the fourth, which was flying towards the federal capital, crashed in the countryside, in Shanksville, after passengers and crew members had tried, in vain, to regain control.
2007 : Russia tests, for the first time, the most powerful thermobaric bomb in the world: it is nicknamed “the Father of all bombs”. Really not the best date to choose to test something so dark.
5. August 24
2020 : in the Philippines, a double Islamist attack killed 14 people in Jolo. Insurgents, suspected of belonging to the jihadist group Abu Sayyaf, detonated two bombs. A total of 14 people are killed, and 75 others are injured.
2016 : an earthquake in Italy, of magnitude 6.2 on the Richter scale, takes place in the upper Tronto valley. It caused the death of 298 people, and injured nearly 400.
1929 : the Hebron massacre, also known as the “Hebron pogrom”, took place on August 24, 1929 in the city of the same name, in Mandatory Palestine. A few days before, rumors circulate in the city and its surroundings, claiming that the Jews want to conquer the Holy places. Around 4 p.m., a crowd of Arab population, coming from the surrounding villages, gathers around the synagogue, then enters each house. 67 Jews are killed and 53 wounded. Among the survivors, 435 Jews saved and hidden by 28 Arab families.
1572 : the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre. A must in our history lessons, and the darkest day of the wars of religion between Catholics and Protestants. On the night of the 23rd to the 24th, around 3 am, the Catholics massacred the Protestants of Paris. The horror found an echo in the four corners of France. In total, the number of victims is estimated at 30,000.
Bonuses 2006 : Pluto is no longer considered one of the nine planets of the solar system. It is reclassified as a dwarf planet. HOW IS IT NOT SAD???? Imagine, you’re there, quiet, little planet in the middle of his friends, and BAM. You back off. Just because you’re less imposing.
6. March 11
2000 : In Eastern Ukraine, a firedamp strike kills 81 miners.
2004 : Madrid is the target of a terrorist attack. Several attacks strike at the same time different trains in the station and in the middle of rush hour. The toll is catastrophic: 191 dead and more than 1,500 injured.
2009 : Tim Kretschmer, a 17-year-old former student, enters the Albertville-Realschule college, in Germany. He opened fire and killed 16 people, namely: 10 students, 3 teachers and 3 passers-by. He then kills himself.
2011 : Japan is shaken by an earthquake of magnitude 9 on the Richter scale. A tsunami followed on the coasts of East Asia, then a serious accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The results are more than catastrophic: 18,079 people died or disappeared, 90% of them in the tidal wave.
2020 : WHO declares coronavirus a pandemic. 6.49 million deaths worldwide have been attributed to him.
7. March 15
2019 : an Australian white supremacist commits two terrorist attacks against two mosques in Christchurch (New Zealand). While they are in full prayer, 51 Muslims are shot dead. A horror scene that the assassin films and broadcasts live on Facebook.
2011 : The Syrian Civil War has started. And since… She hasn’t stopped. According to the British think tank “Oxford Research Group”: 113,735 civilians and combatants died there, including 11,420 Syrian children (under the age of 17).
1939 : Czechoslovakia is invaded by Nazi Germany.
44 BC JC : Julius Caesar is assassinated. Ok, it’s not the most dramatic thing in this top, nor the nicest person in history, but still, it’s not cool.
8. October 16
2020 : on October 16, France mourns Samuel Patty, a history and geography teacher assassinated with knives shortly after leaving his college in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, for having shown his students two caricatures of Muhammad from the newspaper satirical Charlie Hebdo, during a moral and civic education course on freedom of expression.
1984 : Little Gregory Villemin is assassinated, when he is only four years old. The Grégory Affair shook the country for a long time. Even today, she is known to everyone. The killer has never been identified. Only a crow, by anonymous letter, admitted the crime, but he was never identified.