April 15

Published in On this Day listing

  • 1972 Joe McCann (25), a prominent figure within the ranks of the Official IRA, was shot dead in disputed circumstances by members of the Parachute Regiment close to his home in the Markets area of Belfast.
  • 1972 Joe McCann (24), legendary Official IRA leader, was shot dead by British paratroopers in Belfast.
  • 1941 A week after their first raid on the city, in which the industrial heartland around the docks was attacked with the loss of thirteen lives, a squadron of 180 German bombers returned to Belfast. The congested housing areas of the New Lodge, Lower Shankill and Antrim Road in the north of the city bore the brunt of the attack. At least 900 lives were lost.
  • 1912 The White Star liner Titanic, on her maiden voyage, sank at 2.20am, having struck an iceberg at 11.40pm the previous evening off the Grand Banks, Newfoundland, with the loss of 1,517 lives. There were 706 survivors.

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