Massacre


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Massacre

See also Genocide.
Acre
after conquering city, Richard I executed 2700 Muslims (1191). [Eur. Hist.: Bishop, 83–84]
Armenian Massacre
Turks decimated Armenian population, dispersed survivors (1896). [Eur. Hist.: EB, I: 525]
Bloody Sunday
seeking audience with Czar, workers receive bullets instead (1905). [Russ. Hist.: EB, II: 93]
Boston Massacre
skirmish between British troops and Boston crowd (1770). [Am. Hist.: EB, II: 180]
Charge of the Light Brigade
Russians massacre English cavalry at Balaklava (1854). [Eur. Hist.: NCE, 212; Br. Lit.: Benét, 186]
Fetterman Massacre
party of 80 frontiersmen ambushed by Indians (1886). [Am. Hist.: NCE, 942]
Goliad 300
slain by Santa Ana in wake of Alamo (1836). [Am. Hist.: Van Doren, 155]
Guernica
bombing of Guernica (1937); memorialized by Picasso’s painting. [Span. Hist.: NCE, 1158; Art Hist.: Osborne, 867]
Holy Innocents
infant boys massacred in Bethlehem under Herod. [O.T.: Matthew 2:16–18]
jawbone of ass
with this, Samson kills 1000 men. [O.T.: Judges 15:15]
Katyn Massacre
mass murder of 4250 Polish officers during WWII (c. 1939). [Polish Hist.: NCE, 1457]
Lawrence, Kansas
Union stronghold where Quantrill’s Confederate band killed more than 150 people (1863). [Am. Hist.: EB, VIII: 338]
Massacre of Glencoe
treated hospitably, king’s men attempt annihilation of MacDonald clan (1692). [Br. Hist.: Brewer Note-Book, 567]
Munich Olympics ‘72
Arab terrorists brutally killed 11 Israeli athletes. [Jew. Hist.: Wigoder, 462]
My Lai Massacre
murder of 22 Vietnamese villagers by American troops under Lt. William Calley, Jr. (1968). [Am. Hist.: Facts (1973) 145]
ox-goad
using this weapon, Shamgar slew 600 Philistines. [O.T.: Judges 3:31]
Sicilian Vespers
massacre of French (Angevins) by Sicilian nationals (1282). [Ital. Hist.: NCE, 2511]
St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre
thousands of French Huguenots murdered for their faith (1572). [Fr. Hist.: EB, VII: 775]
St. Valentine’s Day Massacre
murder of seven members of a gang of bootleggers in Chicago (1929). [Am. Hist.: EB, VII: 797]
third of May
(1808) Murat’s squads executed hundreds of Spanish citizens; memorialized in Goya’s painting. [Sp. Hist. and Sp. Art: Daniel, 220]
Whitman Massacre
murder of missionary Marcus Whitman and family by Cayuse Indians (1847). [Am. Hist.: NCE, 2972]
Wounded Knee
scene of the slaughter of 200 Sioux Indians (1890). [Am. Hist.: Van Doren, 306]
Wyoming Massacre
colonial militia butchered by Tory-Indian force (1776). [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 564]
References in classic literature ?
But when you landed, we were driven to crawl like sarpents, beneath the leaves; and then we lost sight of you entirely, until we placed eyes on you again trussed to the trees, and ready bound for an Indian massacre.
It is a massacre of mischievous creatures," replied the Captain; "and the Nautilus is not a butcher's knife.
The king has ordered some novel spectacle -- some gladiatorial exhibition at the hippodrome -- or perhaps the massacre of the Scythian prisoners -- or the conflagration of his new palace -- or the tearing down of a handsome temple -- or, indeed, a bonfire of a few Jews.
What would he have said, if he had known of the massacre in France, or the powder treason of England?
Our unhappy politicians have made concession after concession; and now they are asking concessions which amount to our ordering a massacre of our own poor.
To the scientific eye all human history is a series of collective movements, destructions or migrations, like the massacre of flies in winter or the return of birds in spring.
If you have, you're just in time to join in the massacre of the innocents.
Meanwhile, the massacre continued on both sides, with battle-axes and war-clubs; as quickly as one of the combatants fell, a hostile warrior ran up to cut off his head, while the women, mingling in the fray, gathered up these bloody trophies, and piled them together at either extremity of the battle-field.
It is no part of ours to describe what was a massacre rather than a fight.
It seemed a shame to massacre these poor fellows if there was any way out of it.
At the conclusion of each massacre in either country, or as soon thereafter as practicable, or at stated regular periods, as may be provided by treaty, there shall be an exchange of scalps between the two Governments, scalp for scalp, without regard to sex or age; the Government having the greatest number is to be taxed on the excess at the rate of $1000 a scalp, and the other Government credited with the amount.
The massacre of men who were fellow Christians, and of the same Slavonic race, excited sympathy for the sufferers and indignation against the oppressors.