October 11

Published in On this Day listing

  • 1971 Nikita Khrushchev (77), Soviet leader (1953–64) who provoked the Cuban Missile Crisis, died.
  • 1969 During clashes between the RUC and a c. 3,000-strong loyalist mob protesting against the Hunt report on the Shankill Road, Belfast, Constable Victor Arbuckle (29) was shot dead by the UVF. He was the first RUC officer to die in the Troubles.
  • 1939 Austin Currie, Nationalist Party Stormont MP (1964–72), prominent member of NICRA, co-founder of the SDLP (1970) and TD (1989–2002), born in Dungannon, Co. Tyrone.
  • 1968 Students at Queen’s University, Belfast, formed People’s Democracy in reaction to events in Derry in the previous month.
  • 1962 The Second Vatican Council (until 8 December 1965) opened under Pope John XXIII.
  • 1932 Outdoor relief riots. At least three men were killed, and dozens injured during clashes between unemployed Protestant and Catholic workers and the RUC in various parts of Belfast.

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