NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
3rd August, 1916 : Sir Roger Casement, the former British diplomat who tried to smuggle a boatload of German arms into Ireland on the eve of Easter Rising, was executed by hanging at Pentonville Prison in London today. He was convicted of high treason, under a 600-year-old law, for aiding the King enemies in the time of war. Casement had been a British Consul in Africa and South America until his retirement in 1913. At the outbreak of the war, he was in Germany and became active in raising support for Sinn Fein.