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13 APRIL

BRITISH ARMY LOOTS AND BURNS THE ETHIOPIAN CITY OF MAQDALA.

[ 13 April 1868 ]

Today in 1868, after slaughtering the Ethiopian Emperor Tewodros’s army three days earlier, 12,000 British troops, under Lieutenant-General Robert Napier, seized the fortress city of Maqdala.

GENERAL DYER ORDERS THE KILLING OF HUNDREDS OF UNARMED INDIAN PROTESTERS

[ 13 April 1919 ]

At about 5.30 pm on 13 April 1919, Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer ordered his troops to open fire on a peaceful rally of several thousand men, women and children protesting against British rule in India. They had gathered at Jallianwala Bagh, a walled area of unused land in the city of Amritsar in the Punjab.

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