November 21 - 1920 - Bloody Sunday
A military police force marching on an athletic stadiumwould be highly troubling even if the force knew that there were actual opponents in the crowd. The Auxiliary Division of the Royal Irish Constabulary had no such knowledge, and they simply opened fire with little warning on the whole crowd at Croke Park in Dublin during a Gaelic football match during the Irish War of Independence. In total, fourteen people were killed, with more than sixty suffering injuries. The move was a response to targeted assasinations of British intelligence officers that morning by the Irish Republican Army. But the IRA committed a militarily strategic operation, while the RIC just committed a massacre. This basic fact turned much of Irish, and even some British, sympathy towards the idea of Irish independence.