1950 – 1959

The following has been gathered from secondary websites, news and presentations.

Some of the terminology contained in the headings and body of these links is misleading. These have been taken from press articles, websites and videos. The use of the word stampede and panic is not what you will find to be the causes of the incidents shown. The information provided is reflecting the articles written and it is being left to you to interoperate what you see and read and come to your own conclusions. Please also not that this list only refers to gatherings involving events such as concerts, sports, night clubs (entertainment). There is only inclusion of some significant events out with this.

1956

Japan, Yahiko, central Niigata,Yahiko Shrine, New Year event 01/01/1956

NIIGATA, Japan, Sunday, Jan. 1–Thirty thousand New Year’s worshipers stampeded at a famed Shinto shrine at five minutes after midnight today. At least 112 persons were trampled to death.

Link to nytimes.com article

1955

Le Man 24 hour race crowd incident 12/06/1955

The 1955 Le Mans disaster occurred during the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans motor race, when a crash caused large fragments of racing car debris to fly into the crowd. Eighty-three spectators and driver Pierre Levegh perished at the scene with 120 more injured in the most catastrophic accident in motorsport history.

Poland, Wielopole Skrzyńskie fire 11/05/1955

On 11 May 1955, in a wooden shack fire during cinema projection, 58 people (including 36 children) perished,  the worst one-day death toll in Polish post-war history. This tragedy was commemorated by a monument, which stands in Wielopole’s market square.

Link to en.wikipedia.org article 

1954

India, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh stampede 03/02/1954

But what happened on 3 February 1954 has since gone down as one of the most horrific chapters in independent India’s history. On that day, lakhs of devotees had arrived at Sangam to take a holy dip on the auspicious occasion of Mauni Amavasya (or New Moon day). But by the end of the day, around 1000 people lay dead on the ghats and around 2000 others injured due to a stampede.

Link to thestatesman.com article 

1953

Russia, Moscow, Stalins funeral 06/03/1953

The viewing line that stretched through the center of Moscow was clearly marked and guarded by the police and army, which used vehicles to maintain order (as they hoped). Then, on March 6, 1953, people came in large crowds to Trubnaya Square from the narrow Rozhdestvensky Boulevard, and found the square partly blocked with cordons of trucks and troops on horseback.

There wasn’t enough room for people to pass, yet they couldn’t go back as the others were still coming. “The crowd got more tightly packed and you couldn’t move, you just had to go with it, unable to escape the flow,” said Yelena Zaks, one of the thousands of people caught in the crowd. She was lucky enough – when she was passing by the guarded fence, one of the soldiers standing up above grabbed her and took her out of the crowd, possibly saving her life.

Link to rbth.com article

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