Aug. 2, 1989:
The Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka kills 64 ethnic Tamils in Valvettithurai.
The massacre came after an attack on soldiers by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam while left six Indian soldiers dead and 10 injured.
Indian soldiers originally claimed the civilians were caught in the crossfire, but journalists reported that they had been massacring civilians.
Indians believe the incident came after a deliberate provocation by the LTTE. They think what the LTTE wanted was to trigger a response that would tarnish the Peace Keeping Force’s reputation.
The massacre has since been called India’s My Lai.