50 Years Ago – 6 January 1972

6 January 1972

Viewing figures showed that nearly two thirds of the population of Ulster had watched a controversial BBC television programme looking at the future of Northern Ireland. The programme lasted for three hours and was watched in total by 7.5 million views across the United Kingdom.

A last minute attempt to secure an agreement to prevent a miner’s strike failed, with 280,000 miners preparing to walk out. Joe Gormley, the President of the National Union of Mineworkers, said “the offer was not enough, now we will go on strike until more cash is found”.

Private Keith Bryan, an 18-year old soldier from Bristol, was shot dead in Belfast. The IRA took responsibility for the assassination.