Friday, July 1, 2011

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5: Great American Tragedies

                 All right, so the Fourth Of July's getting near, which means I'm going to be writing about the U.S. these days. We will have four stages of emotions. Sadness, Happiness, Heroicness, and then Comedy. So, today we will start with the tragedies. Every country has had its own, and America is no exception to the rule. They've had tough times, such as...

5: Apollo 1

                 January 27, 1967. The first tragedy suffered by the NASA. During a lauch test, the crew smelled weird odors. The cause wasn't found, and the test was resumed. Then, the cabin was sealed and filled with high-pressured oxygen. There was also faulty communication. 

                  The austronauts were reclined in their seats, filling up a checklist. Chaffee said the word "Hey", and reported that a fire had started in the cockpit. Some saw the other austronaut, Ed White, on the monitors, reaching for the release handle, when suddenly the cockpit was engulfed in flames. Then, it blew up because of the high-pressured oxygen. They found the austronauts' bodies, fused with the shuttle. A horrible fate for men who were supposed to travel to the moon. 

I can't really tell if their bodies are still there.

4: Pearl Harbor

                    December 7, 1941. Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The U.S. naval base is designed for carrying aircraft and a sh*tton of crew. The Pacific Ocean is quiet. It's cloudy and foggy. EVERYTHING'S in black and white. Suddenly, 353 Japanese fighter, bomber, and torpedo planes, later designated as kamikazes were flying above the base, protected by the clouds. 

                    Four U.S. battleships were sunk, along with three cruisers, three destroyers, an AA (anti-aircraft) training ship, and a minelayer. Oh yeah, along with 188 U.S. aircraft. Now, that's just material damage. What about the 2,402 men who were killed, and the 1,282 wounded? This made the U.S. bring it on. Now, the Japs lost about 29 aircraft ad 65 men. That's kind of it. The next day, the U.S. declared war on Japan, which made Germany and Italy declare war to the U.S. As one of the biggest tragedies in the whole world, even Teddy Roosevelt declared December 7, 1941 "a day which will live in infamy". 

A Jap took this one for a Christmas card.

3: Charles Whitman

                    Charles, ex- student of the University of Texas, and former Marine. Nobody knows what got into his head, in August 1, 1966, when he decided to climb a 28-story tower of the university (inside of which he actually killed three of his victims), and got his sniper out. He'd killed his wife and her mother shortly before, in his house. 

                    Charlie, who had lived a hard life, actually had a few psychotic features. That day, Charles killed 16 people, and wounded another 32, until he was shot by Officer Houston McCoy, who was assisted by Officer Ramiro Martinez. Another personal tragedy occured to him a few months before the shooting. He was summoned to Lake Worth, Florida, to pick his mother up. She was filing for divorce.

This one's for you, step-dad.

2: Virginia Tech Massacre

                     A lot of people say that you shouldn't bully people, because they might become your boss someday. Seung-Hui Cho shouldn't have been picked on, as he had severe anxiety problems. He'd recieved special education, and the University of Virginia legally couldn't be advised to give him special privileges. As such, he was once accused of stalking two girls, and then declared mentally ill. 
                      Cho used two handguns, a Walther semi-automatic handgun and a 9mm Glock, which is one of the best handguns ever, period. He killed 32 and wounded another 25. This made the first time the government made a federal gun-control measure in 13 years. 

Incredibly, this isn't a fake image.

1: 9/11

                      Undoubtedly, the greatest tragedy in American history, and one of the greatest in history. Everybody knows this story. September 11, 2001. The day that four coordinated attacks by Al-Qaeda members were successful in making one of the greatest movements in the War of Terror. About 3000 victims and 19 highjackers died. The horrible part was the fall of the World Trade Center. 

                      This happened ten years ago, and we will never forget that day, when it was all over the news, and you saw those planes heading towards the World Trade Center. It was horrible to see the smoke, to see everybody running out of the building, and the footage of what appeared to be bricks, and was actually human beings falling from the roof of the building. 

Never forget. Never surrender.

                       So, like I said, every nation has its tragedies, and the U.S. is no exception. Hopefully, in the future, they'll be easier to prevent. It's this kind of event that make a nation unite against a common enemy.