Appxis Information Maps - Major News/Incidents

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Appxis Information Maps - Major News/Incidents

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Old City (Jerusalem)
(3 Appxis Stars) Old City (Jerusalem) is one of the oldest and most coveted city in the world, which dates back to 2800 BC. Considered holy to 3 major religions Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Jerusalem houses key ancient religious relics such as the Western Wall (Judaism), the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Christianity) and the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque (Islam). Listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981, Jerusalem is well known for its rich culture and many great historical events which has taken place over thousands of years.

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Apollo Program
(3 Appxis Stars) The Apollo program is the first manned spaceflight to ever land outside the earth. Taken place on 20 July 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Micheal Collins took off the Apollo 11 spacecraft from the Kennedy Space Station in Florida and landed it safely on the moon, as they conducted the first ever space walk on a remote celestial body for mankind. With this inspiring extraordinary feat, the United States opened a new chapter for mankind to challenge the limits of science and explore reaching out further into deep space.

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Red Square
(3 Appxis Stars) The Red Square is the main city square of Moscow, which served as the official site for public ceremonies and national events in Russia since the 13th century. In the past, the Red Square has also been used for the coronation of Russian Tsars and have developed into the political and cultural center of Russia over the years. With its beautiful buildings of rich Russian history and amazing architecture, the Red Square is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990.

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Chernobyl Disaster
(3 Appxis Stars) The Chernobyl disaster is the largest and most deadly nuclear accident in human history. Happened on the 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, the power plant exploded after a sudden unexpected power surge and released large amounts of radioactive materials into the atmosphere which spreads over much of the USSR and Europe. In total, more than 530,000 people were exposed to high level radioactive materials and up to 4000 radiation-induced deaths are forecast. This devastating accident changed the world's perception on using nuclear energy on a mass scale basis and highlights the utmost importance of safety when operating nuclear power plants.

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Nanking Massacre
(3 Appxis Stars) The Nanking Massacre, also known as Nanjing Massacre, is the largest known city siege massacre of civilians in human history. Taking place over a span of six weeks from 13 Dec 1937, the Japanese imperial army began to kill and rape civilians after they captured the city of Nanjing from the defeated Chinese army. In total, more than 200,000 thousands of civilians and disarmed combatants were killed amid widespread looting, mass rapes, arson and uncontrolled violence. This tragic event shook up the whole world up to this present day and underlines the need to respect human lives and preserve peace from the horrors of war.

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Auschwitz Concentration Camp
(3 Appxis Stars) The Auschwitz Concentration Camp is the largest ethnic genocide that has ever happened in a human war. Occurred during the period in the world war 2 from Sep 1941 to late 1944, the Auschwitz mass extermination represents the "Final Solution to the Jewish question" that was undertaken by Nazi Germany. By killing people mercilessly using gas chambers, starvation, gun executions, etc, more than 1.1 million prisoners were killed in Auschwitz, with the majority made up of Jews. This tragic event changed the world and highlights the dangers of racial discrimination and that extremist/racist views can result in horrible outcomes if not dealt with properly.

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Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima
(3 Appxis Stars) The atomic bombing of Hiroshima is the largest air bombing raid that have ever taken place in human history. Happened on the 6 August 1945, a uranium atomic bomb with a blast equal to 12,000 to 15,000 tons of TNT was dropped on Hiroshima and killed more more than 160,000 people. Witnessing the devastating effects of the atomic bomb, the then militaristic imperial Japan surrendered a few days later on the 15 August 1945 after a second atomic bomb was dropped in Nagasaki.

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Forbidden City
(3 Appxis Stars) The Forbidden City is one of the largest imperial palaces in the world. Built in 1406 and used by the Ming dynasty and Qing dynasty, the Forbidden Palace has served as the political and cultural capital of China for more than 500 years until 1911. Covering almost 72 hectares in size, the Forbidden Palace is constructed with hundreds of magnificent buildings, beautiful structures and fascinating artifacts, making it one of the most visited UNESCO World Heritage Site in the world.

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September 11 Attacks
(3 Appxis Stars) The September 11 Attacks is the most deadly terrorist attack in world history. Happened on 11 September 2001, four coordinated terrorist attacks led by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda, were launched using 4 civilian aircraft as "flying missiles". Two of the civilian aircraft American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 were crashed by the suicide bombers into the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center in New York, destroying the 2 tower buildings and killing 2,996 people. This dramatic event then changed the whole world and started the global anti-terror movement amid heightened security checks across almost every country in the world.

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Invasion of Normandy
(3 Appxis Stars) The Invasion of Normandy is the largest amphibious military invasion to have ever taken place in human history. Launched on D-Day on the 6 June 1944 on the beaches of Normandy, France, the Allies led by from United States, United Kingdom and the Free France forces invaded Normandy and started the counter-offensive to drive the Nazi Germany out of the occupied France. Billed as a major turning point in world war 2, this event marked the beginning of the Allies defeat of Nazi Germany which ends in Berlin in 8 May 1945.

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Great Pyramid of Giza
(3 Appxis Stars) Great Pyramid of Giza is the largest pyramid in the Giza Necropolis, Eqypt, and the oldest wonder of the seven wonders of the world. Built around the 2560 BC as a tomb for the fourth dynasty Egyptian pharaoh Khufu, the Great Pyramid of Giza is the tallest building in the world for more than 3,800 years. Listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the grandest and most breathtaking architecture masterpiece ever built in the world.

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Borobudur
(3 Appxis Stars) Borobudur is one of the greatest and largest Buddhist temples in the world. Built in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia, in the 9th century, this ancient temple is abandoned in the 14th century as Java gradually converts to Islam. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Borobudur is currently the no. 1 tourist attraction in Indonesia and is well known for its stunningly beautiful sunrise and breathtaking scenery.

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Angkor Wat
(3 Appxis Stars) Angkor Wat is one of the top religious monuments in the world. Built in the early 12th century as a Hindu temple and the capital of the ancient Khmer Empire, it is later transformed into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century. Listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site for its magnificent buildings and jaw-dropping architectural design, Angkor Wat is an important symbol of national pride for Cambodia and is also depicted officially on its national flag.

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