Today in history: the siege of the International Legations, Boxer Rebellion, China, 1900.

How the murder of a little-known German diplomat triggered the climactic episode of the Boxer Rebellion.

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The boat that sank a neighborhood: the tragedy of the SS General Slocum disaster.

In 1904, a pleasure boat cruise turned out to be a horrific nightmare--and spelled virtual extinction for a NYC German-American neighborhood.