Assassination of Michael O'Dwyer - London, UK
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N 51° 29.924 W 000° 08.099
30U E 698855 N 5709180
Quick Description: Sir Michael O'Dwyer was Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab in India from 1912 until 1919 and was assassinated here at Caxton Hall on 3/13/1940.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 2/19/2012 2:58:03 PM
Waymark Code: WMDRM2
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
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Long Description:
Wikipedia (visit link) informs us:

"O'Dwyer, aged 75, was shot dead at a meeting of the Royal Central Asian Society in Caxton Hall, London on 13 March 1940, by a Punjabi revolutionary, Udham Singh, in retaliation for Amritsar. His killer was tried for murder, convicted and hanged. Singh had told the court at his trial:

“ I did it because I had a grudge against him. He deserved it. He was the real culprit. He wanted to crush the spirit of my people, so I have crushed him. For full 21 years, I have been trying to wreak vengeance. I am happy that I have done the job. I am not scared of death. I am dying for my country. I have seen my people starving in India under the British rule. I have protested against this, it was my duty. What a greater honour could be bestowed on me than death for the sake of my motherland?"

Amritsar refers to the 13 April 1919 massacre in India which. according " British estimates, 379 unarmed civilians were killed by Gurkha troops under the command of Brigadier General Reginald Dyer. Some estimates are greater, with more than 1500 casualties."
Date of crime: 3/13/1940

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