July 21

Published in On this Day listing

  • 1920 ‘Protestant and unionist’ workers at Workman and Clarke’s shipyard in Belfast, incited by unionist politicians, resolved to drive out ‘disloyal workers’—Sinn Féiners and socialists. In three days of violence seven Catholics and six Protestants were killed.
  • 1972 ‘Bloody Friday’ in Belfast. Nine people, including two British soldiers, were killed and a further 130 were injured when the Provisional IRA carried out twenty bombings in the space of 65 minutes.
  • 1969 Six and a half hours after landing, Neil Armstrong, before a television audience of hundreds of millions, became the first man to walk on the moon.
  • 1920 In Belfast, ‘Protestant and unionist’ workers from Workman Clark’s shipyard marched into Harland and Wolff’s yard and forcibly expelled all Catholic and socialist workers. Some were forced to swim for their lives. In three days of violence seven Catholics and six Protestants were killed in the city.
  • 1972 In what became known as ‘Bloody Friday’, one of the most violent days in Belfast’s history, nine were killed—seven civilians, including a fourteen-year-old schoolboy, and two soldiers—and 130 others injured, including 77 women and a number of children, when the IRA detonated twenty devices over a 65-minute period.

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