1920-1939 | Appeasing Hitler | Backing dictatorships | Germany

BBC Director General offers to fly the swastika from Broadcasting House

[ 10 March 1938 ] On Thursday 10 March 1938, the newly appointed German Foreign Minister, Joachim von Ribbentrop, was on the second day of a four day diplomatic visit to London. Earlier in the day, he lunched with the foreign secretary, Lord Halifax, at the Foreign Office, having being forced to run a gauntlet…

1500-1799 | Executions | Slavery | Trinidad and Tobago

Slave rebellion evokes brutal executions in Tobago

10 March 1774 On 10 March 1774, two hundred slaves staged a rebellion on a plantation at Queen’s Bay, Tobago, owned by two wealthy planters, Sir William Young and Robert Stewart. Led by a slave named Sampson, they killed three white overseers, smashed up equipment and stores of alcohol and seized arms and ammunition. As…

1900-1919 | Battlefield butchery | Burning villages | Civilians slaughtered | Nigeria | Prisoners murdered | Punitive operations

2000 killed as the Nigerian village of Sitaru is wiped off the map

10 March 1906 On 10 March 1906, soldiers of the West African Frontier Force, led by Major R. H. Goodwin of the Royal Artillery, opened fire on a large gathering of peasants and fugitive slaves armed with hoes, hatches and other agricultural implements outside the village of Sitaru in north western Nigeria.  The inhabitants had…