#1
Name some events that took place in our world that were just horrible, yet not so well-known. The Holocaust, obviously just awful, is widely known about and taught in schools quite a bit. So pick things that many people are completely unaware of. You can choose things that were widespread like a genocide somewhere, or things on a very small scale like something very bad to happen in a small town.

I'll start with Unit 731:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unit_731

War crimes from Japan in WWII. Although I think this might not be too unknown as I think History did a documentary on it not too long ago. Still very interesting read (look at the Activities section of the article) and it's pretty bad.
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February 28th, 1990.


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#7
Wait, how is the Holocaust an example of a little known tragedy?
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#12
All the fires in St John's, Canada. If you read about their history, they've been having horrible luck since day one.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cubana_Flight_455

Cuban passenger airliner blown up by anti-Castro terrorists who were then given refuge in the United States. One of them only just died this year.
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#15
Like most of American labor history, the Haymarket Massacre is a criminally overlooked tragedy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haymarket_affair

On 1 May 1886, Hundreds of thousands of workers participated in a mass strike to get an eight-hour work day since the state wasn't enforcing the law properly. In Chicago, the heart of the American labor movement, police opened fire on six unarmed protesters.

A massive uproar resounded across the nation and three days later, the International Working Peoples' Association held a rally at Haymarket Square with thousands of people. As the last speaker finished his remarks that rainy evening, with only 200 of the most dedicated workers remaining at the rally, 180 armed police marched forward and demanded the workers to disperse. Deep within the police ranks, a bomb exploded killing seven cops. The police opened fire on the unarmed workers - the number of workers wounded and killed by the cops is unknown to this day.

Eight anarchists were arrested and tried. Despite seven of them not even being present at the protest - and the other being the one trying to get the attention of the crowd at the time of the bombing - they were all convicted of murder. Four of the prisoners were executed, one committed suicide, and the three remaining were pardoned due to immense working class upheaval in 1893.
#17
Huge earthquake...

The 1906 San Francisco earthquake was the deadliest ever.
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#22
Actually, it's a little known fact that the United States stands convicted by the International Court of Justice for acts of terrorism and unlawful aggression against the people of Nicaragua, circa 1984.

The U.S. later blocked enforcement of the judgment by the United Nations Security Council and thereby prevented Nicaragua from obtaining any actual compensation for the destruction and massacre perpetrated by the US-backed Contras, the mining of Nicaragua's shores, the bombing of Central Managua by the Somoza dictatorship, propped-up by the Reagan administration.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicaragua_v._United_States
#23
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Actually, it's a little known fact that the United States stands convicted by the International Court of Justice for acts of terrorism and unlawful aggression against the people of Nicaragua, circa 1984.

The U.S. later blocked enforcement of the judgment by the United Nations Security Council and thereby prevented Nicaragua from obtaining any actual compensation for the destruction and massacre perpetrated by the US-backed Contras, the mining of Nicaragua's shores, the bombing of Central Managua by the Somoza dictatorship, propped-up by the Reagan administration.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicaragua_v._United_States


True, but consider the fact that the US funds most of the UN.

Also, to go along with the post WWII rapes in Germany by the Soviets, there were also mass internment camps of German civilians by the Western allies in which thousands, possibly even millions (if I remember correctly, although the stats are pretty inconclusive) died of starvation.
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True, but consider the fact that the US funds most of the UN.

Yeah, so?

Hence, they got away with mass murder. Was that your point?
#27
It's not that unknown, but how once Columbus reached the Americas, Europeans proceeded to slaughter and commit genocide against the entire Indian population living on those islands.
#28
- The Soviet planned starvation of Ukraine that resulted in ~10 million dead during WW2
- Soviet forced population movements that resulted in a million dead Poles, hundreds of thousands of various non-Russians and Russians in Russia
- ~600,000 dead Iraqis as a result of the war in Iraq
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It's not that unknown, but how once Columbus reached the Americas, Europeans proceeded to slaughter and commit genocide against the entire Indian population living on those islands.

It's not unknown, but it's totally taken for granted.

People seem to think the handing-over of Native and Mexican land to the Europeans was some peaceful affair.