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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Hungry Ghost Month: Infamous World Events!

It is said that incidents do tend to be worst or the chances of individuals getting into bad things are heightened during the Hungry Ghost Month. As I noted in my other post (August: The Dreaded Hungry Ghost Month!), while the Ghost Month is always associated to the month of August , following the Gregorian/Western calendar, the Hungry Ghost Month always do cut across the month of August- BUT in actuality it can land on different dates before or beyond the month of August. Depending on the year it falls on, sometimes the Ghost Month starts in July and ends in August, or starts in August and ends in September.Below are but some infamous events from around the globe that happened during the dreaded Hungry Ghost Month. 

8 August 1963- Britain’s Great Train Robbery.

The Great Train Robbery was the robbery of substantial sums of money from a Royal Mail train heading between Glasgow and London in the early hours of Thursday 8 August 1963 at Bridego Railway Bridge, Ledburn near Mentmore in Buckinghamshire, England.[2]
The scene of the Great Train Robbery: the largest train heist in Britain's history.
Evening Standard/Getty Images

16th August 1977 Elvis Presley was found dead.

Elvis Presley was found dead on his bathroom floor on August 16, 1977- right on the eve of the Hungry Ghost Festival.

August 16, 1977 - 12.28 a. m.: Elvis Presley´s last known photo before death.

August2007. Minneapolis I-35W bridge (Minneapolis, USA).

On August 1, 2007, during the evening rush hour, the main spans of the bridge collapsed, falling into the river and onto its banks. Thirteen people died and approximately one hundred more were injured. The 1,907-foot bridge fell into the Mississippi River. Currently under investigation
August 1, 2007. Minneapolis I-35W bridge (Minneapolis, USA)

13 August 2007. Tuo River bridge (Hunan, China)

The 140-foot-high bridge spanning the Tuo River in the central Hunan city of Fenghuang collapsed as workers removed scaffolding from its facade. Investigation underway.
August 13, 2007. Tuo River bridge (Hunan, China)

11 September , 2001  (9/11) attacks .

The 911 attacks on the World Trade Center complex in New York City on September 11, 2001 attacks (9/11) is perhaps one of the most high profile cases worldwide that happened during the Hungry Ghost Month. To be exact, it happened on the second to the last day of the Hungry Ghost Month of that year .The September 11 attacks (September 11September 11th, or 9/11) were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda on the United States in New York City, New York, and Arlington CountyVirginia, on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001.

31 August 1997 Death of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed  

On 31 August 1997, during the Hungry Ghost Month, Diana, Princess of Wales died as a result of injuries sustained in a car crash in the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel in ParisFrance. Her friend, Dodi Fayed, and the driver of the Mercedes-Benz W140, Henri Paul, were pronounced dead at the scene; the bodyguard of Diana and Dodi, Trevor Rees-Jones, was the only survivor.

Diana, Princess of Wales actual car crash photo. 

5 September, 1972 The Munich Massacre. 

The Munich massacre happened four days after the Hungry Ghost Festival and was an attack during the 1972 Summer Olympics in MunichWest Germany, on eleven Israeli Olympic team members, who were taken hostage and eventually killed, along with a German police officer, by the Palestinian group Black September

Victims of the Munich Massacre

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