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25 OCTOBER

THE LORD MAYOR OF CORK DIES ON HUNGER STRIKE IN BRIXTON PRISON

[25 October 1920 ]

Terence MacSwiney, the Lord Mayor of Cork, died at 5.40 am on Monday 25 October 1920 on the seventy fourth day of his hunger strike at Brixton prison.  His biographer, Francis Costello, remarked that the MacSwiney’s ‘solitary protest would be seen, in the context of the Irish struggle, as personifying the triumph of the weak over the strong.’

FOREIGN SECRETARY ON THE NEED TO GET A UNION JACK ON THE ATOM BOMB

[ 25 October 1946 ]

A little over a year had passed since the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing over one hundred thousand people, when, on 25 October 1946, Ernest Bevin, the Foreign Secretary of Britain’s first post-war Labour government, showed up late to a meeting of the Atomic Energy Committee at 10 Downing Street. 

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