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Bloody Sunday timeline

St Mary's Church, on the Creggan Estate, during the Requiem Mass for the 13 who died on 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry.
St Mary's Church, on the Creggan Estate, during the Requiem Mass for the 13 who died on 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry.
30th January 1972: An armed soldier and a protestor on Bloody Sunday when British Paratroopers shot dead 13 civilians on a civil rights march.
A young Fr Edward Daly carries a blood-soaked hankie as he leads a group of men trying desperately to carry John 'Jackie' Duddy to safety. Duddy (17) was the first fatality of Bloody Sunday after being shot from behind by paratroopers
A young Fr Edward Daly (now Bishop Daly) carries a blood-soaked hankie as he leads a group of men trying desperately to carry John 'Jackie' Duddy to safety. Duddy (17) was the first fatality of Bloody Sunday after being shot from behind by paratroopers
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A scene showing a British paratrooper near Glenfada Park in Derry where Bloody Sunday took place.
Hugh Gilmore (third left) seen clutching his stomach as he is shot during Bloody Sunday.
Paddy Doherty, who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
William McKinney, killed on Bloody Sunday.
Scenes from 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Lt Col Derek Wilford, the former commander of the members of the Parachute Regiment involved in the Bloody Sunday shootings
A protest parade in was staged in Londonderry in January to mark the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday
Hugh Gilmore who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Michael McDaid who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
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Soldiers taking cover behind their sandbagged armoured cars during Bloody Sunday
Lord Chief Justice, Lord Widgery in his room at the Old Bailey as he looks through his report on the "Bloody Sunday" shootings
Jim Wray who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
John Young who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
William McKinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Kevin McElhinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Gerard McKinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Gerald Donaghey who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Alana Burke who was eighteen when she was run over by an armoured personnel carrier on Bloody Sunday.
Bloody Sunday. January 1972
Patrick Doherty who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Bloody Sunday. Funeral. Mrs Ita McKinney, 9 months pregnant cries behind the hearse carrying her husband James from St Mary's, Creggan. 2/2/1972.
Michael Kelly who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
A man receiving attention during the shooting incident in Londonderry, which became known as Bloody Sunday
Bloody Sunday. 30/1/1972
Bloody Sunday. 30/1/1972
Bloody Sunday. 30/1/1972
JAMES WRAY IN HIS HOME IN THE BOGSIDE DERRY HOLDING THE COAT WITH BULLIET HOLES IN THAT HIS SON ALSO CALLED JAMES WRAY WAS KILLED ON BLOODY SUNDAY
The start of a grim day in Derry. Civil Rights marchers make their way through Creggan. They defied a Government ban and headed for Guildhall Square, but were stopped by the Army in William Street. 31/1/1972
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Linda Nash carries flowers with the number 14 inscribed during yesterdays annual Bloody Sunday Parade in Derry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.1.12
A memorial to those killed on Bloody Sunday in the Bogside area of Derry
The memorial to the 14 people who died on Bloody Sunday in Derry rises from among the sea of umbrellas as all the families came together in an ecumenical service. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights mark.The service included contributions from Father Michael Canny and Reverend David Latimer, left. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.1.12

January 30, 1972: Soldiers of the Parachute Regiment open fire on demonstrators at a civil rights march in Derry. Some 13 men died that day. A 14th man was wounded, and subsequently died of his wounds.

February 1, 1972: UK Prime Minister Edward Heath appoints Lord Chief Justice Lord Widgery to produce a report into the events of what became known as Bloody Sunday.

February 22, 1972: The official IRA plant a bomb at an Army barracks in Aldershot, where the Parachute Regiment was headquartered. Seven people are killed in the explosion.

March 24, 1972: The Parliament of Northern Ireland is prorogued and direct rule from London introduced.

April 18, 1972: Lord Widgery produces his report: Called Report of the Tribunal appointed to inquire into the events on Sunday, 30th January 1972, it is described in Derry as the "Widgery Whitewash".

January 1, 1973: Colonel Derek Wilford, who was in command of the Parachute Regiment soldiers on Bloody Sunday, is awarded the OBE in the New Year Honours List.

December 29, 1992: Prime Minister John Major tells SDLP leader John Hume: "The Government made clear in 1974 that those who were killed on Bloody Sunday should be regarded as innocent of any allegation that they were shot whilst handling firearms or explosives. I hope that the families of those who died will accept that assurance."

January 23, 1998: Bertie Ahern, then Taoiseach, lays a wreath at the Bloody Sunday memorial in the Bogside during a visit to Derry. He calls for a full independent inquiry into the events of 'Bloody Sunday'.

January 29, 1998: Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair, announces that there will be a new inquiry into the events of Bloody Sunday, following years of pressure from relatives of the people shot dead by the Parachute Regiment.

April 3, 1998: The Saville Inquiry into Bloody Sunday begins its probe. It will last 12 years and cost hundreds of millions of pounds.

June 15, 2010: The final report of the Saville Inquiry is published. Among its findings it stated: "We found no instances where it appeared to us that soldiers either were or might have been justified in firing." Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron apologised on behalf of the Government for the events of 30 January 1972, describing the soldiers' actions as "both unjustified and unjustifiable".

July 2012: The PSNI launches a murder probe into the deaths of the Bloody Sunday victims. The probe will last for four years and involves 30 detectives.

December 2016: The PSNI passes a file to the Public Prosecution Service. It must decide whether or not to prosecute any of the Parachute Regiment soldiers for their actions on Bloody Sunday.

September 2018: Legal actions for compensation by families of Bloody Sunday victims begin in Belfast High Court.

February 2019: The Public Prosecution Service says it will make public on March 14 its decision on whether to prosecute any of the Bloody Sunday soldiers.

Sources: Conflict Archive on the Internet (CAIN) and Belfast Telegraph archives

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