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Posted: 9/4/2010 7:37:17 PM EDT
Acts of terror, such as 9/11 don't count. I'm talking about disasters, not acts of or during war.

Sinking of the Titanic?

That's the best I can come up with.
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 7:37:42 PM EDT
Y2K
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 7:38:21 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 7:39:03 PM EDT
Well, Katrina was Bush's fault...
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 7:39:14 PM EDT
Obama.
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 7:39:26 PM EDT
Bhopal

On December 3, 1984, a Union Carbide Corporation pesticide plant in Bhopal leaked around 32 tons of toxic gases, including methyl isocyanate gas which lead to the worst industrial disaster to date. The official death toll was initially recorded around 5,000. Many figures suggest that 18,000 died within two weeks, and it is estimated that around 8,000 have died since then of gas-poisoning-related diseases.
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 7:39:30 PM EDT
FDR's 'New Deal'.
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 7:39:56 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 7:40:00 PM EDT
Originally Posted By TheRocketmac:
FDR's 'New Deal'.




+87
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 7:40:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/4/2010 7:40:34 PM EDT by Handsome_Rob]
Man-Made disaster, and I'm the first to post Obama?

eta - I type too slow. DOH
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 7:40:19 PM EDT
Originally Posted By itsARanchrifle:
Obama.


Wrong century, he wasn't even a twinkle in Rahm Emanuel's eye before 2001.
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 7:41:05 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Carhlr:
Originally Posted By TheRocketmac:
FDR's 'New Deal'.




+87

Count me in for that.
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 7:42:07 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/4/2010 7:47:03 PM EDT by digitalebola]
Bohpal would be my guess as above. Chernobly would be up there as well. Seem that there was a ship carrying oxidizers that blew up and took out a port.

Then there was that above ground nuclear testing. It killed John Wayne :(


Eta: texas city 600 people killed worst disaster (industrial) in the states. http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2009/04/dayintech_0416
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 7:42:25 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Young-Kiwi:
Bhopal

On December 3, 1984, a Union Carbide Corporation pesticide plant in Bhopal leaked around 32 tons of toxic gases, including methyl isocyanate gas which lead to the worst industrial disaster to date. The official death toll was initially recorded around 5,000. Many figures suggest that 18,000 died within two weeks, and it is estimated that around 8,000 have died since then of gas-poisoning-related diseases.


beaten by a couple of minutes...
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 7:42:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/4/2010 7:43:28 PM EDT by AR15fan]
Soviet Union suffers worst wheat harvest in 55 years.
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 7:42:57 PM EDT
Texas City disaster, 1947
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 7:44:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/4/2010 7:48:59 PM EDT by Capt-Planet]
Spanish flu.

50 million people dead.
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 7:44:36 PM EDT
unions
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 7:44:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Young-Kiwi:
Bhopal

On December 3, 1984, a Union Carbide Corporation pesticide plant in Bhopal leaked around 32 tons of toxic gases, including methyl isocyanate gas which lead to the worst industrial disaster to date. The official death toll was initially recorded around 5,000. Many figures suggest that 18,000 died within two weeks, and it is estimated that around 8,000 have died since then of gas-poisoning-related diseases.

Wow never heard about that. Check out this info from the article.

/snip
The soil and ground water near the factory site, has been contaminated by the toxic wastes and other chemicals still leaking from the factory.
The Indian government, however, maintains that no such pollution has taken place or that any such toxins are even present at the site.
/snip

Link Posted: 9/4/2010 7:45:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Capt-Planet:
Spanish flu.

50 million people dead.

MAN MADE disaster
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 7:46:37 PM EDT
Saint Francis Dam in 1928?
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 7:47:15 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Cypher15:

Originally Posted By Capt-Planet:
Spanish flu.

50 million people dead.

MAN MADE disaster

Hello! It was developed in the same lab as the Chupacabra!

Link Posted: 9/4/2010 7:47:36 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Stokes:
Chernobyl.

That was my gut reaction too, not sure though.
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 7:48:06 PM EDT
Bhopal is a big one. Forgot about that. Chernobyl, too.

FWIW, getting back to the Titanic, it's amazing to think that if they had simply rammed the iceberg the ship never would have sunk.
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 7:49:13 PM EDT
A very strong contender is the millions of deaths caused by malaria in Africa.
This is all the worse because DDT had virtually eliminated it before Rachael Carson and the first of the Greens convinced everyone that DDT was a horrible environmental disaster.

Carson was totally wrong and the Left-Greens appear to have no problem with the millions of children that have died since.
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 7:49:17 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Cypher15:

Originally Posted By Capt-Planet:
Spanish flu.

50 million people dead.

MAN MADE disaster


oops.
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 7:51:32 PM EDT
Easy.

Banning the use of DDT to control malaria.
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 7:52:24 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Young-Kiwi:
Bhopal

On December 3, 1984, a Union Carbide Corporation pesticide plant in Bhopal leaked around 32 tons of toxic gases, including methyl isocyanate gas which lead to the worst industrial disaster to date. The official death toll was initially recorded around 5,000. Many figures suggest that 18,000 died within two weeks, and it is estimated that around 8,000 have died since then of gas-poisoning-related diseases.


Word is, Union Carbide killed more Indians then Custer
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 7:53:26 PM EDT
The elections of November 4th, 2008.
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 7:53:38 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 7:54:30 PM EDT
Hey guys: We're talking about the 20th century.

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Link Posted: 9/4/2010 8:00:49 PM EDT
Bhopal was my guess.
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 8:01:07 PM EDT
Originally Posted By itsARanchrifle:
Obama.


Damn.....
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 8:02:17 PM EDT
1975 China dam disasters. 85,000 + dead.
http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/watkins/aug1975.htm
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 8:03:52 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Stokes:
Chernobyl.

Can't think of much worse.

Link Posted: 9/4/2010 8:03:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/4/2010 8:08:34 PM EDT by SIRIUS1]
In terms of destruction of humanity, nothing beats the potential of some forms of government.

Genocide

Genocide is the deliberate and systematic destruction, in whole or in part, of an ethnic, racial, religious, or national group.





History Place


Adolf Hitler to his Army commanders, August 22, 1939:
"Thus for the time being I have sent to the East only my 'Death's Head Units' with the orders to kill without pity or mercy all men, women, and children of Polish race or language. Only in such a way will we win the vital space that we need. Who still talks nowadays about the Armenians?"

The term 'Genocide' was coined by Polish writer and attorney, Raphael Lemkin, in 1941 by combining the Greek word 'genos' (race) with the Latin word 'cide' (killing). Genocide as defined by the United Nations in 1948 means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, including: (a) killing members of the group (b) causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group (c) deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part (d) imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group (e) forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.



Recent to Past Occurrences

Bosnia-Herzegovina: 1992-1995 - 200,000 Deaths
Rwanda: 1994 - 800,000 Deaths
Pol Pot in Cambodia: 1975-1979 - 2,000,000 Deaths
Nazi Holocaust: 1938-1945 - 6,000,000 Deaths
Rape of Nanking: 1937-1938 - 300,000 Deaths
Stalin's Forced Famine: 1932-1933 - 7,000,000 Deaths
Armenians in Turkey: 1915-1918 - 1,500,000 Deaths
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 8:05:27 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Wobblin-Goblin:
Hey guys: We're talking about the 20th century.



Hey, Barry was born in the 20th century.
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 8:05:56 PM EDT
The movie Avatar?? Maybe Hurt Locker?? Oh I am sure it was the combination of both in the same year...
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 8:06:04 PM EDT
Bhopal came to mind, first.
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 8:11:24 PM EDT
Originally Posted By dynoman:
1975 China dam disasters. 85,000 + dead.
http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/watkins/aug1975.htm


Wow, never heard of that.
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 8:14:12 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/4/2010 8:14:28 PM EDT by kill-9]
Originally Posted By TheRocketmac:
FDR's 'New Deal'.

This. He set the cause of liberty back a few centuries.
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 8:14:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SIRIUS1:
In terms of destruction of humanity, nothing beats the potential of some forms of government.

Genocide

Genocide is the deliberate and systematic destruction, in whole or in part, of an ethnic, racial, religious, or national group.

History Place


Adolf Hitler to his Army commanders, August 22, 1939:
"Thus for the time being I have sent to the East only my 'Death's Head Units' with the orders to kill without pity or mercy all men, women, and children of Polish race or language. Only in such a way will we win the vital space that we need. Who still talks nowadays about the Armenians?"

The term 'Genocide' was coined by Polish writer and attorney, Raphael Lemkin, in 1941 by combining the Greek word 'genos' (race) with the Latin word 'cide' (killing). Genocide as defined by the United Nations in 1948 means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, including: (a) killing members of the group (b) causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group (c) deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part (d) imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group (e) forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.



Recent to Past Occurrences

Bosnia-Herzegovina: 1992-1995 - 200,000 Deaths
Rwanda: 1994 - 800,000 Deaths
Pol Pot in Cambodia: 1975-1979 - 2,000,000 Deaths
Nazi Holocaust: 1938-1945 - 6,000,000 Deaths
Rape of Nanking: 1937-1938 - 300,000 Deaths
Stalin's Forced Famine: 1932-1933 - 7,000,000 Deaths
Armenians in Turkey: 1915-1918 - 1,500,000 Deaths

Yeah, if the body count is the thing we're after...all the ethic cleansing that went on in the 20th century takes the top spots.
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 8:17:40 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Young-Kiwi:
Bhopal

On December 3, 1984, a Union Carbide Corporation pesticide plant in Bhopal leaked around 32 tons of toxic gases, including methyl isocyanate gas which lead to the worst industrial disaster to date. The official death toll was initially recorded around 5,000. Many figures suggest that 18,000 died within two weeks, and it is estimated that around 8,000 have died since then of gas-poisoning-related diseases.


Yup. I was gonna say Union Carbide
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 8:19:15 PM EDT
the election of Bill Clinton.

It lead to the revamping of the CRAwhich led to the housing bubble which led to Obama.
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 8:22:05 PM EDT
Edsel.
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 8:24:18 PM EDT
Not a war. The murder of upwards of 50,000,000 Chinese after the Reds came to power in 1949? Or how about the murder of upwards of 6,000,000 Ukranians in the 1930s? Not good enough? 1.5 million Armenians in or about 1915?

More recently? Ok, the election of Mr. Obama as the President of the United States!
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 8:27:39 PM EDT
TV dinners

they destroyed the family tradition of sitting around the table and bonding over dinner
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 8:31:15 PM EDT
The Soviet Union.
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 8:32:02 PM EDT
New Deal
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