21 March 1960: The Sharpeville Massacre

On 21 March 1960 in the township of Sharpeville, South Africa, 69 black men, women and children were shot dead when police officers opened fire on unarmed demonstrators. The shootings shocked the world and were condemned by the United Nations, but none of the police officers involved have ever been convicted of an offence in

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16 March 1190: The Massacre of the Jews of York

On the night of 16 March 1190, the Jewish feast of Shabbat ha-Gadol, 150 men, women and children died at the royal castle at York, where Clifford’s Tower now stands. Many died following a mass-suicide and the rest at the hands of a mob waiting outside.

Jewish communities had been established in London in the

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5 March 1770: The Boston Massacre

The Boston Massacre by Paul Revere

A great deal of tension existed between the American colonies and the British government in the 1760s. In 1767 the Townshend Acts were passed by the British parliament in an attempt to enforce trade regulations and establish its right to tax the colonies.

The acts were unpopular with

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Biography of Paul Revere

Paul Revere (1735-1818) was a silversmith and engraver who became an American folk hero after his midnight ride to warn patriots of impending British troop movements.

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