Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Today -100: September 9, 1920: Of earthquakes, lords mayor, and libel

Hundreds die in earthquakes in Italy, mostly in Tuscany. Towns and villages destroyed.

Lloyd George accuses Terence MacSwiney of having been involved in the assassination of cops. He says MacSwiney’s predecessor as lord mayor of Cork was murdered for not going along with IRA plans; he definitely knows that MacCurtain was killed by a police death squad.

The New Jersey Assembly votes 25 to 12 to ask for MacSwiney’s release.

Chicago Mayor Big Bill Thompson sues Lt. Gov. John Oglesby for libel for letters he sent to soldiers attacking Thompson’s patriotism and saying he attended seditious meetings.

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