Genocides and Crimes Against Humanity

The question is asked "what is genocide?" and the answer is given "we aren't really sure." At what point does a crime need to get to for it to be considered the awful "g-word?"

1914-06-28 08:28:48

Assassination of Archduke Franz

While on route to a formal in Sarajevo, Ferdinand and his wife were shot point black in the back of their car by Gavrilo Princip, a Serbian nationalist. Many say that the death of Ferdinand was the beginning of World War I

1914-07-06 12:24:50

World War I

World War I, also known as the Great War, was started on July 28th, 1914, when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. Not long after, Germany, Russia, The United States, and Britian got involved. Many thought that the Great War was going to the the war to end all wars, however some say that it is what caused World War II, with The Treaty of Versailles.

1915-04-01 00:00:00

Armenian Genocide

". . . the Armenian massacre was the greatest crime of the war, and the failure to act against Turkey is to condone it . . . the failure to deal radically with the Turkish horror means that all talk of guaranteeing the future peace of the world is mischievous nonsense." -Theodore Roosevelt

1917-11-26 14:08:17

Russian Civil War

This war being fought between the Whites and the Reds lasted 3 years, and caused close to 5 million deaths.

1919-02-11 05:43:54

Hitler Rises to Power

Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in January of 1993. Ignoring the Treaty of Versailles, Hitler created the Nazi Regime, soon brainwashing the people of Germany to believe everything said by him.

1919-08-13 00:10:35

Treaty of Versailles

Following the end of World War I, the Treaty of Versailles was signed as a peace settlement by Germany and the allies.

1924-02-01 05:43:54

Stalin Gains Power

With the death of former leader Vladimir Leanin, Joseph Stalin didn't hesitate at all when the opportunity arose for him to become leader himself. Stalin soon led a very communist country.

1929-06-28 08:28:48

The Great Depression

Following the stock market crash, the whole world went into what is known as history's worst depression.

1932-01-01 00:00:00


"Food is a weapon." -Maxim Litvinov

1933-09-01 12:00:28


“What exactly was the difference? he wondered to himself. And who decided which people wore the striped pajamas and which people wore the uniforms?” -John Boyne

1937-12-01 20:31:05

Rape Of Nanking

“The spoken word vanished with the wind. Likewise, the unrecorded life disappears as if it never existed.” -Iris Chang

1939-09-05 10:07:57

World War II

World War II was a war between the Allies and the Axis, and is known to be the most widespread war, and the most deadly war in all of history. This war caused an estimated 50-85 million casualties.

1947-09-04 05:01:17

Cold War

The Cold War was fought between the Western Bloc (United States and NATO) and the Eastern Bloc (the Soviet Union and its allies in Warsaw Pact).

1950-06-05 10:07:57

Korean War

Ending World War II, a division was placed in Korea by the Allies, dividing the South from the North. Thus causing many problems which led to the Korean War between the North and the South.

1955-06-05 10:07:57

Vietnam War

The Vietnam War is also known as the American War in Vietnam. The Americans had wanted to prevent the spread of communism. However, they failed greatly, and people use that war as an example of what NOT to do in all future United States conflicts.

1958-01-01 12:00:28

Mao's Great Leap Forward

"War can only be abolished through war, and in order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun." -Mao Zedong

1961-08-15 04:34:09

Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall

Following World War II, the East German authorities had began building the Berlin Wall, which would then split East Berlin and West berlin, cutting off all sources of communication.

1975-12-01 20:31:05

Cambodian Genocide

"I did not imagine that such cruel people existed in the modern world."

1980-03-06 12:24:50

Iraq-Iran War

This war was fought between the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the Republic of Iraq. They fought for 8 years straight, making it the longest conventional war and the worst war fought since World War II. Over 500,000 lives were lost.

1992-04-01 00:00:00

Bosnian Genocide

“We are preaching hope, standing on the bones of the past.” -John Rucyahana

1994-04-01 00:00:00


"For us, genocide was the gas chamber - what happened in Germany. We were not able to realize that with the machete you can create a genocide." -Boutros Boutros-Ghali

1999-04-20 18:47:57

Columbine High School Massacre

Senior students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold murdered 12 students and one teacher, and injuring another 24. Following that, the two students then committed suicide.

2001-09-09 10:33:44


The morning of September 11, 2001, the world fell to silence and froze. Four passenger airlines had been hijacked by the Al-Queda, and were headed towards The Twin Towers, The Pentagon, and Washington, D.C. 3 of the planes were successful in their suicide crashes, while the one headed for Washington had crashed en route. The Pentagon was evacuated safely causing no injuries other than the passengers, however, both the Twin Towers were hit and had came crashing down. In total, there were close to 3000 deaths.

2001-12-15 00:00:00

War of Afghanistan

Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, President Bush had demanded that the Taliban hand over Osama Bin Ladin. The Taliban refused to do so, and there were going to be no negotiations, which caused the start of this ongoing war. So far, over 1,500,000 people have lost their lives.

2003-02-12 03:50:40


Started in 2003, and is still an ongoing battle being fought in Sudan.

2008-04-01 14:50:32

Barack Obama Elected as President

Inaugurated on January 20th, 2009, Barack Obama became the first ever black President of the United States of America

2011-03-15 00:00:00

Syrian Civil War

The Syrian civil war is a war that is fought between the government of Syria, and the people trying to oust it. Although this is still an ongoing war, it has already taken the lives of an estimated 136,277 people.

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