Rioting on the day of the Apprentice Boys parade in Derry resulted in clashes between residents of the Bogside and the RUC.
Barricades were erected and stones and petrol bombs thrown to keep the RUC out of the Bogside. Rioting spread across Northern Ireland with intense violence in Belfast.
The Taoiseach Jack Lynch ordered army field hospitals to be set up at the border and in a broadcast announced "...that the Irish government can no longer stand by...."
The British Home Secretary James Callaghan agreed to the deployment of British soldiers. Following negotiations between the army and local leaders, it was agreed to pull the RUC and 'B' Specials behind the army outside the Bogside. The violence led to more deaths across Northern Ireland.
The accompanying photograph shows republican graffiti and a poster behind a barricade of barbed wire in Derry in 1969.
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This report features the annual Apprentice Boys parade in Derry, including the wreath-laying at the war memorial and the outbreak of riots that would spread across Northern Ireland.
This report shows scenes of rioting taking place night and day in Derry. The report shows both injured civilians and injured police.
Watch more scenes of destruction from Derry: fires, petrol bombers, burned vehicles and buildings reduced to rubble.
In a landmark statement broadcast on radio and television, the Taoiseach Jack Lynch asks the British government to request a peace-keeping force from the United Nations.
The British Army set up barricades in the streets after being deployed in Derry.
Reactions from the streets of Derry to the arrival of British troops.
Reporters Tom McCaughren and Pat Sweeney on the arrival of British troops in Derry.
On the streets of Derry, there is confusion as British soldiers take up position. Mike Burns gets the reactions of Eamonn McCann and Eddie McAteer.
Representatives from the Bogside approach a barricade set up by British soldiers and ask to speak to an officer.
RTÉ News reports on the scenes at the end of the day that saw the arrival of British soldiers in Derry city.
It is hoped that the presence of the British Army will help to contain a volatile situation in Northern Ireland.
On a night when six people died across Northern Ireland, one of the victims was a young boy. In the Falls Road area of Belfast, there were vicious clashes between Protestants and Catholics.
Kevin Healy reports on a night of violence that saw gunfire on Hooker Street where Protestants joined with the RUC in a fierce attack.
Barry Linnane speaks with residents of Bombay Street, where homes have been burnt by Loyalist mobs.
British troops take up positions while many buildings continue to burn.
Bernadette Devlin urges the people of the Bogside to continue to man the barricades.
RTÉ News reports on the damage done to property around Brookfield Street in Belfast.
Catholics fleeing from violence arrive south of the border in Dundalk, Co. Louth. The report shows people at the train station where women and nuns provide them with assistance in the form of food and clothing.
The Northern Ireland Prime Minister, James Chichester-Clark is highly critical of the Irish government's response to the outbreak of violence.
Tom McCaughren reports on the arrival of 300 soldiers of the First Battalion, Queen's Regiment, in Derry.
Bernadette Devlin talks to Tom McCaughren on the streets of Derry about the RUC, the British army and the Prime Minister Chichester-Clark.
Following days of increasing violence across Northern Ireland, General Officer Commanding Lieutenant Ian Freeland gives a press conference. He warns that the honeymoon period for the army's arrival is coming to an end.
The funerals of two victims of the violence take place in Belfast.
Andy O'Mahony speaks to John Hume about all that has happened in Northern Ireland since the civil rights demonstration of 5 October 1968.
Aidan Corrigan of the Dungannon Civil Rights Committee justifies a call for British troops to be responsible for law and order in the area.
Eamonn McCann talks to Tom McCaughren about Radio Free Derry broadcasting again.
Following Lt. General Freeland's announcement that the 'B' Specials were to be withdrawn from riot duty, Minister of Development, Brian Faulkner, holds a press conference to explain his government's position on the Ulster Special Constabulary.
British Labour MPs visit the Bogside and hear the views of local residents about the recent violence and the high rate of unemployment.
James Callaghan, the British Home Secretary, comes to Northern Ireland on a three-day fact-finding mission. Callaghan was greeted by dignitaries, Mr. Chichester-Clarke, Lord Gray, Mr. Oliver Wright, and Lt. Gen. Sir Ian Freeland.