Thursday, June 23, 2022

Today -100: June 23, 1922: Of assassinations, show trials, and bad gonads

Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson, former Chief of the Imperial General Staff, current MP for North Down in Northern Ireland, is shot dead outside his house in London by two IRA men. He tried to defend himself with his sword. I mean he retired from the Army when he stood for Parliament a few months ago, but I guess he was still just wandering around London in uniform, with a sword. The assassins are captured (one of them has a wooden leg, which probably didn’t help) after a chase in which they shot a constable and a bystander; they’ll be executed. (Reading further in the story, I begin to doubt the sword thing). With no evidence whatsoever, Northern Ireland PM Sir James Craig blames “a wide conspiracy against those who are fighting the battle of Ulster.”

Workers, quite possibly orchestrated by the Soviet government, demonstrate at the Social Revolutionaries’ show trial in Moscow, demanding the death penalty. Prosecutor Nikolai Krylenko (who will later experience Soviet justice from the other side) allows representatives of the demonstrators to enter and address the court because “we are only carrying out their wishes.”

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A whole bunch of scab coal miners are killed in Herrin, Illinois. There’s a “death march” and everything. And a lot of mine equipment is dynamited.

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