Massacres are individual acts of mass killing of civilians or noncombatants, almost always characterised as having distinct political significance in shaping subsequent events.

Below is a list of incidents that are commonly referred to as massacres, though other incidents may also qualify yet not be called massacres.

Peace activists (particularly anti-american ones) sometimes refer to the atomic bombings of World War II as the Hiroshima massacre and Nagasaki massacre.

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