100 Years Ago – 8 January 1922

8 January 1922

The issue of war reparations continued to cause issues at the Cannes Conference, with the French media saying that there had been a sell-out and that the Germans should pay their dues. The Liberté newspaper said “yesterday at Cannes, at four in the afternoon, the four years’ war ceased to have any meaning: so did the victory. The plan which has carried the day is that of Stinnes and Rathenau, not that of Lloyd George”. [Hugo Sinnes and Walter Rathenau were German industrialists and politicians.]

The UK, Japan, France, the United States and Italy all agreed that poison gas wouldn’t be used in any future wars, with an expectation that all other countries would also join the agreement.

The Dáil Éireann voted by 64 votes to 57 votes to agree to the proposals laid out in the British proposal for the Anglo-Irish Treaty, marking an end to long internal disagreements. Éamon de Valera immediately resigned his role of the President of Dáil Éireann and it was expected that Arthur Griffith would follow him.

South African miners voted 100 to 1 to go out on strike, despite warnings from the country’s Prime Minister.