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Started by StakludKar on Sep 27, 2020 12:56:09 PM
50 Years ago: As it Happened

To go with the 100 and 150 years ago OTD threads.

27 September 1970.

Jimmy Hendrix has been dead for just over a week. The Mary Tyler Moore Show has just started.

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StakludKar - 27 Sep 2020 13:02:19 (#1 of 14)

27 September. The 1970 Arab League summit is entering it's final day in Cairo in the United Arab Republic.

It was an extraordinary meeting called in the aftermath of the bloody events of Black September in Jordan. President Nasser, 52 succeeds in getting the king of Jordan an the PLO to halt clashes.

StakludKar - 28 Sep 2020 13:43:36 (#2 of 14)

28 September 1970.

Within hours of the Cairo summit ending, President Gamal Abdel Nasser is dead of a Cardiac Arrest.

StakludKar - 12 Oct 2020 13:49:32 (#3 of 14)

Whilst I've been away:

- Janis Joplin died, aged 27 of a heroin overdose on October 4th

- Bolivian Army officers began a revolt, demanding the resignation of President

 - the Weather Underground  used a bomb to severely damage the Chicago monument to the Haymarket bombing, the anarchist group bombed the repaired statue again on 6th October

-  U.S. President Richard Nixon announced a five-point proposal for a truce to halt the Vietnam War, with all sides to begin a ceasefire and the release of all prisoners of war on October 7th

- The Khmer Republic was proclaimed in Cambodia, four days after the southeast Asian nation's parliament voted unanimously to abolish the 1,168 year old monarchy on October 9th



- Fiji became an independent nation at 10:00 in the morning on 10th October

StakludKar - 01 Nov 2020 10:58:07 (#4 of 14)

14th October. In a WORLD FIRST, 3 countries (USSR, China, the U.S.) carry out nuclear arms tests on the same day.

16th October. The Canadian PM Pierre Trudeau declares a state of national emergency over the threat posed by the Quebec Liberation Front. They have already kidnapped a Labour Minister, and he is murdered on 17th October.

22nd October. Major General René Schneider, the commander of the Chilean Army, was shot and fatally wounded in Santiago.

24th October 1970. Marxist Salvador Allende was elected President of Chile by a joint session of the Chilean Congress.

26th October. Muhammad Ali begins his comeback, fighting in his first bout since 1967 against Jerry Quarry, defeating him in the third round of a 15-round bout.

ReverendBlueJeans - 01 Nov 2020 11:01:32 (#5 of 14)

Is The Railway Children out yet?

StakludKar - 01 Nov 2020 11:23:37 (#6 of 14)

It's out in America

whitbreadtrophy - 13 Nov 2020 13:45:37 (#7 of 14)

The day Hendrix was reported dead also saw Stackridge take the stage at the Pilton Festival at Worthy Farm, now known as the Glastonbury Festival.

elderberry - 29 Jan 2022 18:12:02 (#8 of 14)

This Saturday evening, 50 years ago, my aunt D went into labour. 150 miles away, people were preparing for a protest march the following day, in response to murderous attacks by state 'security' forces, imprisonment ('internment') without trial targeted on a sectarian basis, and on maladminstration of everything from council housing to regional development.

elderberry - 30 Jan 2022 13:36:58 (#9 of 14)

And 50 years ago today in Derry the march and rally happened. The radio today has been full of interviews with people who were there, and with archive material from the day. So many photographs and audio reports from the day, so many written reports - everyone with ears or eyes knew exactly what had happened within hours.

People started off cheerfully and peacefully. When they reached the residential area in the centre of the city, home to many of them, they prepared to listen to speakers. Just before young Bernadette Devlin started, troops suddenly opened fire, chasing down people who, when they realised what was happening, tried to crawl away. Within less than 10 minutes, thirteen people, were dead, many more were injured (one to die later).

From then until June 2010 the official government line was to blame the victims, inventing crimes for them that would justify the massacre.

David Cameron's statement, that the armed forces actions were 'unjustified and unjustifiable' started a healing process. This government's proposal to offer an amnesty, not just to their own troops but to all murderers from the Troubles era - UVF, IRA and all - has reopened the wounds.

elderberry - 30 Jan 2022 14:58:51 (#10 of 14)

Half the dead were teenagers

  • Jackie Duddy, 17
  • Michael Kelly, 17
  • Hugh Gilmour, 17
  • William Nash, 19
  • John Young, 17
  • Michael McDaid 20
  • Kevin McElhinney 17
  • Jim Wray 22
  • William McKinney 26
  • Gerry McKinney 35
  • Gerry Donaghy 17
  • Patrick Doherty 31
  • Barney McGuigan 41


  • John Johnston 59 died months later


Derry is a small city, everyone was impacted. The shock still reverberates.

The baby my aunt produced that day, at the other end of the country, is the one cousin whose birthday everyone in the family always remembers.

jamalade - 30 Jan 2022 15:34:50 (#11 of 14)

My Mammy used to visit Mrs Doherty in the early eighties.

6 children without a father.

I used to play with one of Mrs Doherty's sons.

It's a small city and very famous for its friendliness hence a lot of us are still very raw about that day.

jamalade - 30 Jan 2022 15:35:23 (#12 of 14)

Thank you for your wee write up elderberry.

GRMA

elderberry - 30 Jan 2022 15:58:17 (#13 of 14)

I put a link on the 'what are you reading' thread to Thomas Kinsella reading his poem Butcher's Dozen written in response to Widgery - an emotional listen, but good stuff.

https://www.rte.ie/culture/2022/0130/1276736-on-bloody-sunday-listen-to-thomas-kinsellas-butchers-dozen/

jamalade - 31 Jan 2022 01:24:47 (#14 of 14)

I'm late but I have watched this a few times.

Eamonn McCann on Bloody Sunday.

He starts with the buzz around town on the "apology" then gets into the Saville Report itself.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=x83lt5zDRbg

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