April 01

Published in On this Day listing

  • 1922 In reprisal for the murder of a policeman in north Belfast some hours earlier, uniformed RIC officers broke into Catholic homes in the area and murdered six civilians, including an eight-month-old child.
  • 1966 Brian O’Nolan (54), novelist and satirist who wrote under the names Myles na gCopaleen and Flann O’Brien, died.
  • 1918 The Royal Air Force (RAF) was formed through the amalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and the Royal Naval Air Service.
  • 1917 Scott Joplin (49), African-American composer and pianist known as the ‘King of Ragtime’, died in a mental institution.
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