ON this day 100 years ago, hundreds of Indian civilians were killed by British troops in Amritsar. But what is the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, how many people were killed and what has the Prime Minister said about it? Here's what we know. What is the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre? Also known as the Amritsar Massacre, the event is known as one of the most shameful moments in British history. On April 13, 1919 (100 years ago today), troops of the British Indian Army fired rifles into a crowd of Indians who had gathered in Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar, Punjab. They had gathered for a peaceful protest to condemn the arrest and deportation of two national leaders Satya Pal and Saifuddin Kitchlew. Under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer villagers, who had gathered for the day of Baisakhi, were shot and killed. How many people were killed? Dyer stated in a Report to the General Officer Commanding that “I hear that between 200 and 300 of the crowd were killed." He claims 1,650 rounds were … [Read more...] about Jallianwala Bagh massacre – what happened in Amritsar 100 years ago and what has Theresa May said about it?
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PUBLISHED: 17:47 01 February 2019 Derek James A picture of the statue of Sweet Vi taken by Andrew Hawkins when he first saw her illuminated by a sunbeam. Copyright 2019 Andrew Hawkins, all rights reserved Derek James tells the story of ‘Sweet Vi’ who died 100 years ago at the age of just 20 and is remembered thanks to a beautiful memorial in Norwich Cathedral The moving inscriptions on the base of the memorialFrom early 1918 to late 1920 the ‘Spanish Flu’ a virulent strain of influenza killed more people worldwide than had died in the First World War.Millions of people lost their lives including many otherwise healthy young adults and it was thought that it was spread by soldiers returning home to various countries following the war.One of the young victims was Maud Violet Caroline Vaughan Morgan, known as ‘Sweet Vi.’ Her statue stands in Norwich Cathedral.Just who was this young soul who lost her life at such a young age?It was Andrew Hawkins … [Read more...] about Remembering Norwich’s sweet Violet, taken by influenza 100 years ago
Petula Dvorak, The Washington Post Published 6:30 am PST, Wednesday, January 16, 2019 It was a divorcee wielding a hatchet - an ultimate revenge scenario - who largely got America into rehab 100 years ago ago. Carry Amelia Nation, who also liked to be known as Carry A. Nation, didn't live to see the ratification of the Constitution's 18th Amendment - better known as Prohibition - a century ago on Jan. 16, 1919. And history has been rather unkind to the passionate and often shunned leader of the temperance movement. Nation's campaign wasn't subtle. She operated more like today's Code Pink protesters, rather than the Bible-carrying prude most people remember. She staged protests, stormed the Capitol, demanded to see the president, sold a cute line of protest jewelry and got arrested more than 30 times. "Carrie Nation was thrown from the White House lawn yesterday," the Daily Alaskan reported on Jan. 31, 1907. "It was her announced intention to upbraid the president for … [Read more...] about Carry Nation, the fiery, enigmatic feminist who helped launch Prohibition 100 years ago
William J. Kole, Associated Press Updated 3:18 am PST, Monday, January 14, 2019 FILE - In this Jan. 15, 1919, file photo, the ruins of tanks containing more than 2 million gallons of molasses lie in a heap after erupting along the waterfront in Boston's North End neighborhood. Several buildings were flattened in the disaster, which killed 21 people and injured 150 others. less FILE - In this Jan. 15, 1919, file photo, the ruins of tanks containing more than 2 million gallons of molasses lie in a heap after erupting along the waterfront in Boston's North End neighborhood. Several ... more Photo: File, AP Photo: File, AP Image 1 of / 5 Caption Close Image 1 of 5 FILE - In this Jan. 15, 1919, file photo, the ruins of tanks containing more than 2 million gallons of molasses lie in … [Read more...] about 100 years ago in Boston: The day molasses was deadly fast
THE guns had been silent for two years as millions of Britons stood to honour their dead at the first ever Remembrance Day. Half way through the two-minute silence a widow, still raw with grief, began to sob. By the time the buglers at the newly-unveiled Cenotaph sounded the Last Post 60 seconds later, nearly 1,000 people were in tears. Tomorrow, exactly a century after the Great War ended, organisers are recreating the extraordinary scenes of the first national service of remembrance in London. The year before there had been a victory parade past a temporary war memorial made of plywood. But in the summer of 1920, the Cabinet decided that Whitehall would be at the heart of national mourning and remembrance throughout the British Empire. As well as a permanent Cenotaph to the Glorious Dead, the body of an unidentified British soldier would represent the 887,858 Tommies killed in the four-year war. His body would be buried in Westminster Abbey, the parish church of the Empire, for a … [Read more...] about First WW1 Remembrance Day saw the unknown warrior returned from France as 1.25m Brits filed past memorial in London 100 years ago