10 Historical Events Man Ignores
Ignoring things can be a real talent with some people. If the topic is never discussed, it will be forgotten as though it had never happened. The problem is that it did happen. And forgetting it will only have the events repeated in some form or fashion.
Here are ten historical events that many of us have probably never heard of. If we have, it might have been in passing. We know it happened, but that might be all we can recall. These are not in any particular order. They are not the only ones we have forgotten. They are just ten we hope you do more research on and learn from them.
Who knows what this is? Most people don't. Most have never heard of this horrific event. It happened in 1994. The minority group that ruled Rwanda was overthrown. The result was bloodshed. The majority began a deliberate move to wipe out all traces of the former leaders including their families and anyone of their ethnic background. The political move became a genocide.
Over 800,000 people were murdered. A few million fled the country to seek refuge where they were not wanted. The Nazi genocide of the Jews is not the only account of such acts. It happens too often in other parts of the world. We should know about this part of history because it can be repeated by anyone.
The Kyshtym Disaster
When we think of nuclear disasters, we typically think of Chernobyl. What if you were told that it was not the only one? And not the only Soviet/Russian disaster? There was another one. It was near Krshtym in the former Soviet Union - Southern Urals. In 1958, a newspaper reported an incident involving a nuclear arms plant. It became apparant that the Soviet government was keeping a disaster a secret.
Nearly two dozen villages were abandoned and many died due to radiation poisoning that could be contributed to lack of safety procedures. It would be at least two decades before the world knew of the disaster and even then it was downplayed. Why should we care? Because we learn from the mistakes of those who have gone before us.
Most of us know of this event, or series of events. What we don't know are the facts of the Crusades. The brutality is ignored. Myths are promoted. The Crusades are generally ignored by all even in history studies.
This was more than a battle of religions. It was political as well. The Crusades were not simple. They were complex with reasons changing year to year. The reasons ranged from giving second and third sons something to do to a desire for land and riches. Many atrocities were committed by all parties.
Why should this series of historical events not be ignored? It explains many things in hostility in the Middle East as well to have a humbling impact on those who are from the West and have a connection to Christianity.
Genocide is not regulated to the Nazis. It wasn't anything new though to such a large scale, it was monumental. Many don't know of the Armenian genocide that was perpetrated by the government of Turkey in 1915.
In most genocides, there is a group that is unhappy. They tend to point fingers at another group who obviously is to blame. World War I didn't end well for the Germans which included all who supported them. Turkey was angry and turned that anger toward the Armenians who they accused of conspiring to defeat the Turkish and their allies.
"Armenians mark the date April 24, 1915, when several hundred Armenian intellectuals were rounded up, arrested and later executed as the start of the Armenian genocide and it is generally said to have extended to 1917....The University of Minnesota’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies has compiled figures by province and district that show there were 2,133,190 Armenians in the empire in 1914 and only about 387,800 by 1922." (https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/ref/timestopics/topics_armeniangenocide.html?mcubz=0)
This is rarely talked about. Turkey has denied the accounts. Why isn't this talked about more?
Rape of Nanking
Rewriting history doesn't the change the fact that it happened, but it does quiet the event so no one learns from it. That can be said about the Rape of Nanking that occurred toward the end of WWII.
Japan invaded China. Any foreigners were to be expelled. Many stayed behind and remained hidden. They watched as the Japanese army performed horrific acts on the citizens of Nanking. Women were raped. Men, women, and children were brutally murdered. The army did more than occupy the city. It was intent on destroying it and those within it. Then they denied it.
Reporters were hushed. Cameras were confiscated. But the truth got out. Now the Japanese government denies that the events happened. Why should we not ignore it? To admit mistakes and know everyone is not perfect. Don't repeat it.
Spanish Treatment of Native Americans
Most mentions of the bad treatment of Native Americans points the accusing finger at the United States government. While that was the case, the US government were not the only group to treat the Native Americans badly. They weren't even the first. The Spanish were the first Europeans to interact with the natives for a considerable length of time. Their treatment of natives was abominable.
The Spanish first arrived with the landing of Christopher Columbus in the late 15th century. They saw the natives as uncivilized and ignorant. The natives were enslaved, beaten, and killed. Women were raped. The exploration and intended rape of the new world was nothing civilized.
Bad treatment of the natives was not regulated just to the colonists and the government they created. It began a few hundred years before that. By knowing this and understanding the truth of it, society could better understand today's cultures.
The freedom and rights women have today are relatively new for our world. They had to be fought for. Women could not vote in most of the world until the early 20th century. Our rights are barely a hundred years old, and too many of the youth today have no idea who to thank for that.
Recently, a teenager said that her generation is the first to stand up to the government and society. What? Honey, you need to read your history books. Women began in earnist in the mid-19th century to fight for more rights. They stood up against their husbands, fathers, brothers, and even a few women along with society to obtain those rights. Some died. Many were shunned by society. They even acquired disreputable reputations which was critical of that time period.
Too many of us have forgotten the sacrifices many women gave to give us the life of opportunity today. They gave up everything they had for us. We should remember their names and thank them for what they did for us. Learn more about the women who gave their all for the women of today - https://www.history.com/topics/womens-history/women-who-fought-for-the-vote-1.
The Spanish Flu
As I write this, the Corona Virus is causing panic in the streets. Many people said the world had never faced anything so scray. Well, we have and even worse than that. The Black Plague was the worst, but the Spanish flu did quite a bit of damage as well.
According to the CDC, it is "estimated that about 500 million people or one-third of the world’s population became infected with this virus. The number of deaths was estimated to be at least 50 million worldwide with about 675,000 occurring in the United States." (https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/1918-pandemic-h1n1.html) That is way more than the Corona Virus is currently attacking across the globe. In talking with many people around me, I was shocked to discover how few people knew of this pandemic. They had no clue that just over 100 years ago many more people were impacted and died from this disease.
The flu is nothing new. It occurs every year. It has its bad years such as 1918-1919 which has not been repeated since. It has been worse than it is now.
The Boer War
How many of you have ever heard of the Boer Wars? Probably very few. This was a series of wars that changes South Africa forever.
The Dutch were the first Europeans to settle the southern tip of Africa. They became known as the Boers. The British began to establish a presence on the continent. As resources were discovered, greed grew. Diamonds were discovered and caused much of Europe's eyes to sparkle with anticipation.
The British desired the wealth. The Boers wanted to keep it within their grasp and to keep what they considered their homeland. They didn't win. The British took over. The natives became the slaves to mine the diamonds and give the Dark Continent a darker reputation.
European presence did not go away. To this day, the diamonds of Africa are paid for in blood. Vast resources kept the natives under foreign thumb and combined tribes that were not used to being considered one entity. Who is to say how Africa would look if all the wonderful resources were not found and exploited. Why discuss it or study the events? Because it helped shape the world today.
At the turn of the 19th century, a new country had been formed in the New World - the United States of America. Which country was second in that hemisphere? Who would guess it was Haiti? Very few. Maybe because it was created as the result of a slave revolt.
Slavery was still common in the Western world. To have a slave revolt prove successful did not sit well with the ruling classes who watched the historical event. The revolt was an extension of the American Revolution and the French Revolution. That wasn't what the French and Americans had seen coming and didn't really approve.
Few know of this event that was vital in inspiring freedom for slaves. It has been downplayed over the years as it showed success for those considered lower than animals. It showed hope for everyone that men were truly created equal. Studying this event today reminds everyone that anyone can rise up and find happiness no matter what circumstances they find themselves.