1940-1949 | Nuclear Armageddon

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…

1920-1939

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…

1920-1939 | Bombing villages | Collective punishments | Iraq | Punitive operations | RAF crimes

Two Iraqi villages flattened after they refuse to pay fines

24 October 1927 At 0500 hours on 24 October 1927, at Shattrah RAF base, outside Al-Nasiriyah in southern Iraq, a  notice was erected for pilots with a short message – ‘Carry on Bombing !’  The target was the villages of the Al Hatim tribe, which had already endured two days of bombing. The inhabitants had…