50 Years Ago – 4 January 1972

4 January 1972

Abel Muzorewa (in photo above), a Methodist Bishop, condemned the British deal with Rhodesia and said that “the African people cannot trust Ian Smith”. Muzorewa later became Prime Minister of Rhodesia as it transitioned into becoming Zimbabwe.

A bomb planted by the IRA exploded on Callender Street, a busy shopping district in Belfast, with 60 people injured. The bomb had been placed on the back of a brewery lorry with numerous children injured in the attack. The Royal Ulster Constabulary said “this was a deliberate attempt to cause as many deaths and maimings as possible”.

Dom Mintoff, the Prime Minister of Malta, said that he would seek military help from other countries if the British didn’t withdraw their troops from the island immediately.