October 10

Published in On this Day listing

  • 1969 The Hunt report on policing in Northern Ireland recommended that the RUC be disarmed and the ‘B’ Specials disbanded and replaced by a new part-time force—later named the Ulster Defence Regiment.
  • 1957 Fire broke out at the Windscale (now Sellafield) facility in Cumbria, the worst nuclear accident in British history.
  • 1922 The Catholic hierarchy issued a joint pastoral condemning Republican resistance to the Free State—‘A republic without popular recognition behind it is a contradiction in terms’.
  • 1918 Over 500 people, mainly soldiers, died when the RMS Leinster was sunk by German torpedoes one hour out of Dún Laoghaire.
  • 1918 The City of Dublin Steam Packet Company’s RMS Leinster was torpedoed by a German U-boat one hour out of Kingstown/Dún Laoghaire; 501 of the 771 on board died.
  • 1797 Thomas Drummond, engineer and under-secretary for Ireland (1835–40) who implemented a number of significant reforms, born in Scotland.

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