June 18

Published in On this Day listing, The Reformation

  • 1972 BEA Flight 548, en route from London Heathrow to Brussels, crashed near Staines, Middlesex, soon after take-off, killing all 118 people on board, including twelve leading Irish businessmen.
  • 1922 An IRA convention at the Mansion House, Dublin, concluded with a split on the issue of immediate resumption of an IRA offensive against the British Army. The defeated minority, which included three-quarters of the Executive, retired to the Four Courts.
  • 1769 Robert Stewart, Lord Castlereagh, chief secretary for Ireland who secured the passage of the Act of Union (1800) and played a crucial role at the Congress of Vienna (1815), born in Dublin.
  • 1994 The Loughinisland, Co. Down, massacre. Six local men were killed when UVF gunmen attacked a public house in the village.
  • 1992In a referendum in the Republic of Ireland over 69% voted to accept the Maastricht Treaty.
  • 1936 Taoiseach Éamon de Valera declared the IRA to be an illegal organisation.
  • 1928 Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen (55) and his crew of five disappeared while flying on a rescue mission in the Arctic.
  • 1814 David Moriarty, bishop of Kerry (1856–77), born in Kilcarragh, Co. Kerry. A staunch anti-Home Ruler, he is best remembered for the vehemence of his condemnation of the Fenians—‘Eternity is not long enough nor Hell hot enough for such miscreants’.

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