An indiscriminate and brutal slaughter of many people
a cold-blooded massacre of innocent civilians
An attack by Manchester yeomanry on 16 August 1819 against a large but peaceable crowd. Sent to arrest the speaker at a rally of supporters of political reform in St Peter’s Field, Manchester, the local yeomanry charged the crowd, killing 11 civilians and injuring more than 500
The killing of sixty-nine anti-apartheid demonstrators by security forces at Sharpeville, a black township south of Johannesburg, on 21 March 1960. Following the massacre, the South African government banned the African National Congress and the Pan-Africanist Congress
A massacre in 1692 of members of the Jacobite MacDonald clan by Campbell soldiers, which took place near Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands
The massacre of Huguenots throughout France ordered by Charles IX at the instigation of his mother, Catherine de' Medici, and begun without warning on 24 August (the feast of St Bartholomew) 1572
See Massacre of St Bartholomew.
The shooting on 14th February 1929 of seven members of the rival ‘Bugsy’ Moran’s gang by some of Al Capone’s men disguised as policemen