Atrocities

24th March 1976 Argentina’s Dirty War

VIctims of the Dirty War – “Los desaparecidos” or “the disappeared.

38 years ago today, power was seized in a coup d’etat by a military junta that would rule Argentina between 1976 and 1983. Throughout those seven grueling years, Argentines endured a repressive regime of indiscriminate violence, persecution, torture, kidnappings, theft … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities, World Events | Leave a comment

13th September 1922 The Destruction of Smyrna

The Great Fire of Smyrna

At the beginning of the 20th century, the great city of Smyrna on the Anatolian coast was one of the world’s richest, most cosmopolitan and ethnically diverse metropolises – containing large Armenian and Jewish communities, as well as twice as many … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities, World Events | 4 Comments

7th August 1933  the Simele Massacre

martyrday

“Who, after all, speaks, today, of the extermination of Armenians,” asked Adolf Hitler in 1939. But, then as now, even less speak of the genocide of the Assyrians – the torchbearers of the earliest civilisation – who fell victim to the same … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities | 2 Comments

6th August 1945 the Bombing of Hiroshima

The atomic mushroom cloud over Hiroshima. Fucking hell.

On 6th August 1945, the United States government unleashed upon the world the first weapon of mass destruction when the nuclear bomb “Little Boy” was detonated over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Exploding with a yield equivalent to 12,500 tonnes of … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities, World Events | 2 Comments

23 July 1967  the Detroit Riot

Motor City is Burning

On this day in 1967, the Detroit police raided an after-hours bar in the city’s poor black ghetto where nearly 100 locals had gathered to celebrate the return of two African American soldiers from Vietnam. Typically in such raids, the … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities, World Events | 2 Comments

22nd July 2005 the Murder of Jean Charles de Menezes

Jean Charles de Menezes

Today we remember one of the great miscarriages of British justice of the present time, in which the British police – indeed the Metropolitan police, those paragons of English authority whose collective beats are more international and mutli-cultural than probably … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities, World Events | 3 Comments

16th July 1945 the Manhattan Project

The Trinity explosion

At half past five on the morning of July 16th 1945, The Gadget exploded and the whole world shook. Three square miles of desert sand was melted into glass. A mushroom cloud rose almost 8 miles into the sky and … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities, World Events | 3 Comments

10th July 1985 the Bombing of the Rainbow Warrior

The stricken Rainbow Warrior

On July 10th 1985, French intelligence agents acting under direct orders of President François Miterrand bombed the Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior in Auckland harbour to prevent its protest voyage to the nuclear testing site of Moruroa in French Polynesia. The French … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities, World Events | 1 Comment

2nd July 1940 the Sinking of the Arandora Star

The Arandora Star

Today marks the anniversary of the sinking of the Arandora Star – the killing of hundreds of people due to the British government’s callous disregard of their welfare simply because of their nationality. It also demonstrated the common humanity and … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities, World Events | 11 Comments

21st June 1877  the Molly Maguires’ Day of the Rope

The Molly Maguires march to their death

On 21st June 1877, in the anthracite-mining county of Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, ten Irish immigrant men alleged to have been members of an oath-bound secret sect of vigilantes called the Molly Maguires were hanged in what came to be known as … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities, Dissent | 7 Comments

9th June 1938  the Yellow River Flood

Chinese soldiers wade through the flooded Yellow River

Seventy-six years ago today, during the Second Sino-Japanese War, Chinese Nationalist troops under the orders of Chiang Kai-Shek blew up the dikes holding back the Yellow River in an attempt to stop the invading Japanese. The mighty river was known … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities | 5 Comments

4th June 1989 the Tiananmen Square Massacre

Tank Man

In the early hours of the morning on June 4th 1989, the Chinese military began a brutal crackdown of the protest movement that had seen up to 100,000 people camped out in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square for more than a month. … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities, Dissent | 7 Comments

3rd June 1943 the Zoot Suit Riots

Zoot Suit victims: stripped, beaten and humiliated

On the night of 3rd June 1943, as American men of all ethnicities shipped off to service in World War II, the city of Los Angeles witnessed a violent racist outbreak when a group of fifty sailors ran amok viciously … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities | 9 Comments

27th May 1980 the Kwangju Massacre

The rounding-up of Kwangju dissidents

Today we lament the brutal suppression of the Kwangju Democratisation Movement. Ten days earlier, the citizens of the liberal South Korean city of Kwangju joined a student-led uprising in opposition to the illegitimate authoritarian rule of General Chun Doo-hwan. In response, … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities, Dissent, World Events | 6 Comments

26th May 1830 the Indian Removal Act

1830 Indian Removal Map

Today we lament the passage of President Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Act – paving the way for White America’s long-wished for heave-ho of all Indians to lands west of the Mississippi river. “What good man would prefer a country covered … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities | 6 Comments

15th May 1940 the First McDonald’s

Unknown

Today we recall with epic sadness that dreadful disastrous day seventy-three years ago when the first McDonald’s hamburger restaurant opened for service in San Bernadino, California. The extraordinary trajectory of McDonald’s flight to world infamy these past seven decades embodies … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities, World Events | 6 Comments

26th April 1937 Guernica

Picasso's "Guernica"

Seventy-seven years ago today it was market day in Guernica, a small town in northern Spain considered to be the spiritual capital of Basque culture. In late afternoon, without warning or provocation, Luftwaffe aircraft swooped down over Guernica. Wave after wave bombarded the … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities, World Events | 2 Comments

24th April 1915 the Armenian Genocide

Death March of Armenians

Today we lament the beginning of the infamous Armenian Genocide in which 1.5 million Armenians died at the hands of Turkey’s Ottoman regime. Force-marched to their deaths across stifling tundra, countless thousands driven en masse into subterranean caves at the … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities | 2 Comments

20th April 1911 the Lynching of Will Porter

"Southern trees bear a strange fruit, Blood on the leaves and blood at the root, Black body swinging in the Southern breeze, Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees."

Between 1882 and 1968, 4,743 lynchings occurred in the United States. And that astonishing figure only accounts for those that were recorded. Behind every one of those 4,743 extrajudicial “mob rules” executions, there lies a tragedy – but today we … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities | 2 Comments

17th April 1975 Pol Pot Declares Year Zero

Pol Pot's Gruesome Legacy

On this day in 1975, Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge captured Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh and declared revolutionary Year Zero. After five years of bloody civil war, the conquering Communist guerrillas were welcomed as heroes by a relieved population desperate for … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities, Tyrants, World Events | 5 Comments

13th April 1873 the Colfax Massacre

Gathering the dead victims of the Colfax Massacre

On March 13th 1873, a brutal massacre occurred in Colfax, Louisiana that remains shockingly little-known considering the magnitude of the violence – it is one of the largest incidents of race-related mass murder in America’s non-combatant history – and the … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities | 8 Comments

6th April 1994 the Rwandan Genocide Begins

Genocidal Horror

On 6th April 1994, the plane carrying Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana was shot down by surface-to-air missiles as it approached Kigali Airport. All on board were killed. The responsibility for the downing of the plane remains a mystery, but the … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities, World Events | 4 Comments

5th April 1992 the Siege of Sarajevo

Cellist Vedran Smajlović plays on in Sarajevo's destroyed National Library

On April 5th 1992 units of the Yugoslav People’s Army on orders from Serbian leader, Slobodan Milosevic, in combination with Bosnian-Serb militia groups, took up positions in the hills surrounding the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo. From there they opened fire on … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities, World Events | 3 Comments

24th March 1989 the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

dead whale

At four minutes past midnight on March 24th 1989, the supertanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Despite not even being in the top 50 global oil spills by volume, the Exxon Valdez disaster … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities, World Events | 2 Comments

16th March 1968 the My Lai Massacre

South Vietnamese victims of the My Lai Massacre

On March 16th 1968, the American combat soldiers of Charlie Company, First Battalion, 20th Infantry Division swept into the South Vietnamese village of My Lai and massacred 504 unarmed, unresisting women, children and elderly men. Babies were shot at point-blank … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities | 5 Comments

19th February 1942 Roosevelt Issues Executive Order 9066

Newspaper Headline delighting in the imminent "ouster" of all Japanese Americans

On this day in 1942, in response to the Imperial Japanese Army’s attack on Pearl Harbor two months earlier, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 which cleared the way for some 120,000 Japanese Americans to be relocated … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities, World Events | 4 Comments

10th February 1855 A Racist Vivisector at the Foundations of Gynaecology

The first Woman's Hospital, Madison Avenue and 29th Street, NYC: residence of female butcher J. Marion Sims

On this day back in 1855, the Woman’s Hospital in New York City was founded. This was the first hospital in the world to be established for conditions specific to women, and from this beginning the study and discovery of … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities | 5 Comments

26th January 1788 Australia’s “First Fleet”

Australian Aboriginals commemorating the 150th anniversary of the First Fleet as a 'Day of Mourning'

Two hundred and twenty-six years ago today, the “First Fleet” of eleven ships arrived at Sydney Cove, Australia. Its passengers were the first white settlers of this remote continent: some 750 convicted petty criminals and 500 marine guards and officers … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities, World Events | 2 Comments

22nd January 1905 Bloodsky Sunday

Bloody Sunday outside the Winter Palace

Today marks one of the defining events of the 20th Century, for it was exactly 109 years ago today that a seismic shift occurred that would ultimately end Russia’s seemingly unassailable dynastical certainties – setting the stage for the new … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities, Revolution, World Events | 2 Comments

15th January 1919  the Murder of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht

Revolutionary leaders Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg

The murder of revolutionary leaders Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht on 15th January 1919 at the hands of the proto-Nazi Freikorps marked the end of the Spartacist Week – the failed workers’ uprising in Berlin. Incredibly their murder was ordered … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities, Heroes, Heroines, Revolution, World Events | 5 Comments

2nd January 1920 The Palmer Raids

Industrial Workers of the World offices ransacked during the Palmer Raids

  On this day in 1920, in an attempt to rid America of its “moral perverts”, federal agents under the direction of U.S. Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer raided pool halls, restaurants and private homes in thirty-five American cities and, … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities | 3 Comments

21st December 1907 The Santa Maria School Massacre

The Santa Maria School in Iquique, Chile, circa 1907

One hundred and six years ago today in the city of Iquique, some 3000 striking workers and their families were brutally massacred by the Chilean army on government orders. This state-sanctioned crime was subsequently suppressed for nearly one hundred years; … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities | 5 Comments

13th December 1937 The Rape of Nanking

Severed heads at Nanking. No genuinely representative photograph of the genuinely shocking Nanking atrocities were deemed suitable for this entry. It is not the policy of On This Deity to illustrate atrocities with any matter that could be deemed pornographic in its grotesqueness.

Today we lament the tragic Rape of Nanking exactly seventy-six years ago, in which the recently Westernized & ‘modernized’ Japanese army – themselves less than a century out of their fiercely backward-looking Samurai past, and each soldier reeling from the … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities | 7 Comments

11th December 1981 El Mozote Massacre

DSC_9636

Today we recall the 1981 El Mozote Massacre – the largest killing of civilians during El Salvador’s brutal twelve-year civil war – in which nearly the entire 800-plus population of the small village of El Mozote and its surrounding hamlets … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities | 2 Comments

6th December 1989 The Montreal Massacre

559px-Mtl_dec6_plaque

Twenty-four years ago today, a woman-hater named Marc Lépine went on a gendercidal rampage at Montreal’s prestigious École Polytechnique. Armed with a Sturm Ruger Mini-14 semi-automatic rifle and a hunting knife, 25-year-old Lépine – a failed application to the elite engineering … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities | 2 Comments

4th December 1969 The Murder of Fred Hampton

The murderous Chicago Police Officers cannot contain their glee as they carry the body of Fred Hampton

Forty-four years ago today – Fred Hampton, the 21-year-old deputy chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party and the most inspiring young African-American leader to emerge in the wake of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. – … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities, Heroes | 2 Comments

27th November 1868 the Death of Black Kettle

Chief Black Kettle

Today we lament the death of Black Kettle, chief of the Southern Cheyenne, killed 145 years ago when Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer led the 7th Cavalry in a surprise dawn attack on the sleeping Cheyenne camp – massacring over … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities, Heroes | 7 Comments

21st November 1927 the First Columbine Massacre

Columbine Mine Massacre Monument

Seventy-two years before the infamous 1999 Columbine Massacre – in which two teenage students shot and killed 13 people at their high school  – there was another massacre to bear the same name that has all but disappeared into the … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities | 1 Comment

18th November 1978 the Jonestown Massacre

Jonestown Carnage

  Today we lament the tragic “revolutionary suicides” in Jonestown, Guyana of over 900 brainwashed victims of the Reverend Jim Jones’s Peoples Temple. Originally based in San Francisco, the enigmatic, almost rock star-like Jones had for decades held his dysfunctional … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities | 2 Comments

8th November 1923 Hitler’s Beer Hall Putsch

München, nach Hitler-Ludendorff Prozess

Ninety years ago today, Adolf Hitler – a full decade before actually seizing power – led his young Munich-based Nazi Party in an audacious yet disastrous attempt to force armed revolution upon chaotic post-WW1 Germany, when 600 Nazi stormtroopers gate-crashed … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities, World Events | 2 Comments

21st October 1966 The Aberfan Disaster

"Buried Alive by the National Coal Board"

Forty-eight years ago today, 116 children from the South Wales village of Aberfan were suffocated in their classrooms, buried alive – just yards from their parents’ homes – by a forty-feet-high avalanche of liquefied coal waste that swept down the … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities | 1 Comment

17th October 1961 The ’61 Paris Pogrom

"Algerians are drowned here"

On the 17th of October 1961, just seventeen years after he had expelled nearly 1,600 French Jews to concentration camps to the East, the former Nazi collaborator, Maurice Papon – obscenely and most bizarrely placed as Prefect of the Paris … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities | 1 Comment

12th October 1492 Christopher Columbus “Discovers America”

Massacre of Arawaks

At 2am on October 12th 1492, a sailor aboard the Pinta by the name of Rodrigo de Triana shouted, “Tierra! Tierra!”  For his sighting of land, he should have received a yearly pension for the rest of his life. But … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities | 11 Comments

11th October 1649 the Sack of Wexford

Drogheda

Today we pay tribute to the 1,500 Irish civilians murdered by rampaging English Parliamentarian forces, during Oliver Cromwell’s controversial siege of the Irish port of Wexford, on this day 355 years ago. Many drowned whilst attempting to escape across the … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities | 2 Comments

29th September 1941 The Babi Yar Massacre

Naked victims await dispatching into the ravine at Babi Yar

The announcement read: “All Jews living in the city of Kiev and its vicinity must come to the corner of Melnikova and Dokhturovska Street by 8 o’clock on the morning of Monday, September 29th 1941. They are to bring with … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities | 1 Comment

11th September 2001 9/11

The Twin Towers

Thirteen years ago today, all of America’s postwar bullying, lying, cheating, deceiving, extorting and specifically self-serving ways resulted in the massive attack that destroyed the Twin Towers in downtown Manhattan.

Posted in Atrocities, World Events | 18 Comments

1st September 1939 Germany Invades Poland

The German Invasion of Poland

Seventy-five years ago today, months of brown-nosing Hitler’s Nazis by the winners of World War One – Britain, France and America AKA the Western Powers – resulted not in a safer Europe but in the Invasion of Poland, when, at … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities, World Events | 3 Comments

28th August 1955 the Lynching of Emmett Till

emtill

At about 2.30 am on 28th August 1955, a fourteen-year-old boy named Emmett Till was kidnapped at gunpoint from his great-uncle’s house in Money, Mississippi. His kidnappers then drove to a disused plantation shed in neighboring Sunflower County, where they brutally … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities | 59 Comments

16th August 1819 The Peterloo Massacre

Below the Red Plaque, the Black Sheep busk on the site of the Peterloo Massacre

On this day in 1819, during a pro-democracy rally in Manchester’s St. Peter’s Field, utter bloody carnage fell upon the peaceful protestors when the local yeomanry set about the crowd of 60,000 with sabres drawn, trampling and hacking down fifteen … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities, Dissent, World Events | 6 Comments