History Lesson

A few days after Nicholas II was coronated as Tsar of Russia in May 1896, a celebratory banquet was planned at Khodynka Field.

According to Wikipedia, this happened:

“At about 5 o’clock in the morning of the celebration day, several thousand people (estimates reached 500,000) were already gathered on the field. Suddenly a rumour spread among the people that there was not enough beer or pretzels for everybody. A police force of 1,800 men failed to maintain civil order, and in a catastrophic crush and resulting panic to flee the scene, 1,389 people were trampled to death, and roughly 1,300 were otherwise injured.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khodynka_Tragedy

Thanks to MH for the link.

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