Jesus Christ. That's crazy. Glad you didn't go.On 22 August 2015 the Boyfriend and I were at the Bournemouth Airshow, which (apart from being able to wave a final bye-bye to the Vulcan) we found by-and-large quite uninspiring. The Boyfriend commented that he thought we would have been better to have gone to Shoreham.
On the way home we learned how very fortunate we were to have not been anywhere near Shoreham that day ...
Saw the videos, and basically they were large pieces that got flung off the cars and shot into the crowd, flying like a huge axe blade due to the momentum. They hit several times before finally stopping.It’s hard to imagine pieces of debris large enough to kill 83 people in the crowd (Le Mans). I’ll look into that more closely when I feel like I need to shock myself.
I remember how one of the mentioned events entered this thread. And then got its own. A very strange time for me personally as I finished my PhD, got a job and moved, and had my most adventourous trip ever while Norway got the biggest shock since 9. April 1940.These are gruesome pages in the history of this thread.
I haven't heard of half of those.For Germany in particular, some iconic things I suggest you look into include:
Uprisings in East Germany on 17 June 1953
West Germany winning the 1954 Football World Cup - obviously a positive event, it's arguably the single most important moment in German sports history and had ramifications for Germany far outside the football pitch
Construction of the Berlin Wall on 13 August 1961
Hamburg Flood in 1962
Kennedy's speech in West Berlin in 1963
Murder of Benno Ohnesorg on 7 June 1967 - this is a really big one, think Kent State
RAF terrorism in autumn of 1977, especially the kidnapping and murder of Hanns-Martin Schleyer
1980 Oktoberfest bombing
1988 Gladbeck hostage crisis
1988 Ramstein air show disaster
Fall of the Berlin Wall 1989 (you probably know of that one)
Nazi riots in Rostock and Hoyerswerda 1991
Eschede train crash 1998
Odra flood of 2002
2002 Erfurt rampage (first German school shooting)
2011 Love Parade stampede
2011 Stuttgart protests
Everything after that is too recent for me to evaluate the historical significance.
There's of course lots more, but these are most of the biggies.