Titanic Hits Iceberg. Four Courts Occupied by Anti-Treaty-ites on this day in Irish History.

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1912: Titanic hits iceberg. Timeline of that fateful night:

7.30pm: Warnings of large icebergs from the California are delivered to the bridge of Titanic and Captain Smith.

9.20pm: Smith retires for the night

9.40pm: Another warning about icebergs is received by Titanic. This message apparently is not passed on to the bridge.

10.55: Titanic radio operators receive message from the California that it is stopped in ice field. Harried Titanic radio operator Evans responds “”Shut up, shut up. You’re jamming my signal. I’m busy.”

11.46pm: Lookouts spot iceberg about 500 yards away and call out warning. Less than one minute later, the starboard (right) side of the ship is reefed open.

1921: Sir Arthur Vicars is executed by the IRA in Kerry. Vicars, who played a pivotal (and probably negligent) role in the theft of the Irish Crown Jewels in 1907, was executed by the IRA for “informing.”

1922: Anti-Treaty forces under the leadership of Rory O’Connor occupy the Four Courts in Dublin. The pro-Treaty government tried desperately to avoid a violent response to the occupation, but it and Michael Collins had was forced in June when the garrison kidnapped Free State Army General and Deputy Chief of Staff J.J. O’Connell. The bombing of the Four Courts June 28 would be the first action of Irish against Irish.

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De Valera (anti-Treaty), Kevin O’Higgins (pro-Treaty) at Rory O’Connor (anti-Treaty) (right) wedding. O’Higgins as Minister for Justice would sign the execution order for O’Connor in December 1922.

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