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    March 19

    1848

    Wyatt Earp was born in Illinois.

    1905

    Albert Speer, Hitler’s Architect was born.

    1906

    Adolf Eichmann was born in Solingen, Germany. He was raised in Austria. He joined the Nazi party in 1932, moved back to Germany in 1933 and into Himmler’s SD the following year. He was promoted SS Obersturmbannfuehrer in 1941 and he supervised the deportation of Jews from all Nazi occupied areas to the death camps in Poland. Working always as a desk jockey he was so little known that, even though he was arrested by the Americans in 1945, he was only interned and escaped to Argentina in 1946.The Israeli’s kidnapped him from Argentina in 1960. He was tried and sentenced to death in 1961 and executed in Ramleh Prison May 31, 1962.

    1912

    Adolf Galland, WW2 Air Ace and Germany’s youngest General was born.

    1978

    The UN General Assembly passes Resolution 425 calling for the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon. UNIFIL was established.

    1988

    During the funeral of Caoimhin MacBradaigh, a member of the IRA who was killed at Milltown Cemetery on March 16th, two British soldiers, Derek Wood and Robert Howes, dressed in civilian clothes drove into the funeral procession. They were dragged from the car, stripped, beaten and killed.

    2003

    Operation Iraqi Freedom began with cruise missile and air attacks on Iraqi targets.

    Died

    1916

    Two Belfast men executed by Firing Squad.

    15/890 Rifleman James Templeton. 15th Bn., Royal Irish Rifles. Age 20.

    15/13211 Rifleman James McCracken. 15th Bn., Royal Irish Rifles. Age 19.

    Both buried in Mailly-Maillet Communal Cemetery Extension.

    1917

    29878 Cpl George Anderson, Royal Artillery. Died Western Front from Tallow, Co. Waterford.
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    1877

    Thomas Fisher, a member of the Molly Maguires, was hung in Pennsylvania one of 19 miners of Irish descent to be executed that year. He was convicted of the murder of Morgan Powell a mining company supervisor.

    1815

    Napoleon Bonaparte entered Paris to rule as Emperor again, though this time for only 100 days, culminating in the Battle of Waterloo.

    1890

    Kaiser Wilhelm II sacked his Chancellor, Otto Von Bismarck. Bismarck was the man who had engineered the unification of Germany into one state dominated by Prussia. And we all know where that got us.


    1920

    A Constable McMurtagh of the RIC was killed in Cork. Two hours later a group of masked men arrived at the house of Tomás MacCurtain, Mayor of Cork - and a leading member of the IRA. Two men pushed past his wife and went straight upstairs to a bedroom where they killed MacCurtain. The killers were believed to be members of the RIC avenging their dead comrade. The leader was supposed to be District Inspector Oswald Swanzy. An inquest returned a verdict of wilful murder against Swanzy and also - for good measure - against the British Prime Minister, the Viceroy of Ireland, and the Inspector - General of the RIC. Swanzy was transferred to his home town of Lisburn, where he was murdered a few months later.

    1921

    5 RIC men were wounded in Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary. They were Head Constable Neary, Constables Doyle, Kinsella, Roberts and Woodford.

    1964

    Brendan Behan died aged 41.

    1976

    Patty Hearst, heiress to a fortune was convicted of bank robbery. She is probably the most famous example of Stockholm Syndrome. She was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army and eventually joined the gang.

    1993

    The Provos struck another decisive blow for Irish freedom by killing two children in Warrington. The victims were Jonathan Ball age 3 and Tim Parry age 12. The man who ordered the murders is Sinn Fein’s director of elections in Wexford.

    1999

    The Serbian army launched a big offensive in Kosovo north of Pristina.

    Died

    1918

    33254 Pte Thomas Donegan, 2nd Bn Royal Welch Fusiliers. Died in Scotland, from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

    1920

    Killed in Toomevara, Co. Tipperary.


    69198 Con Charles Healy RIC. KIA. Born Co. Cork 1894.
    67945 Con James Rocke RIC. Died of Wounds. Born Co. Galway 1893.

    Tomás MacCurtain, IRA. Killed by the RIC in Cork.

    1921

    62454 Con William Campbell RIC. Shot and killed at his home in Mulinahone, Co. Tipperary. He was born in Co. Leitrim in 1883.

    1982

    Pte Gerard Hodges, 12th Inf Bn from Co. Kerry. He died at home of injuries received in Lebanon when a petrol-fired cooker exploded.

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    1918
    The Great German Offensive began on the Western Front. Heavy German artillery hit all areas of British front occupied by Fifth Army, most of the front of Third Army, and some of the front of First Army, at 4.40am. The main weight of attack was between Arras and a few miles south of Saint-Quentin.
    The barrage concentrated on British artillery and machine-gun positions, headquarters, telephone exchanges, railways and other important centres of communications.
    German infantry began to attack between 7.00am and 9.40am under cover of dense fog. New infiltration tactics used specially trained storm troops to probe forward through gaps in British defences regardless of what was happening either side, while follow-up units besieged and engaged British posts and defended villages. Many of these held out, and only fell once entirely surrounded and hopeless.
    By noon the Germans had captured Fifth Army's Forward Zone with the exception of the garrisons of the edoubts that were still holding on even though surrounded. The troops that had been holding the Forward Zone were mostly lost, killed or taken prisoner as they were quickly surrounded by the enemy who had moved up unseen in the fog.
    The ferocity of the fighting is demonstrated by the casualty lists below.

    Irish VC winner on 21/3/1918

    Second Lieutenant Edmund De Wind, 15th Bn Royal Irish Rifles, from Comber, Co. Down was awarded a Victoria Cross for holding his platoon position at Racecourse Redoubt, Groagie, France for seven hours. He was wounded twice and on two occasions he had to lead men out of his trench into heavy fire to clear it of enemy. He died of his wounds that day. A street in Comber is named in his honour. The blasted Canadians have the cheek to claim him also as he worked in Calgary from 1910 to 1914 when he enlisted in the 31st Bn, Canadian Expeditionary Force. He was commissioned in April 1917 into the RIR.

    1945

    Second Lieutenant Claud Raymond son of a Co. Kerry family, was awarded a VC for his part in a diversionary attack in the Arakan area of Burma. Wounded three times in fighting the Japanese, Lt Raymond refused medical assistance until his men had been treated and they had begun to withdraw to their landing craft, when he finally collapsed. He died of his wounds on March 22nd.


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    1918
    2nd Bn Royal Irish Regt


    11398 Pte William Dwyer. Fethard, Co.Tipperary
    7489 Pte Edward English. Clonmel, Co.Tipperary
    10123 Pte Matthew Fitzpatrick. Slieverue, Co. Waterford
    11467 Pte Patrick Flynn. Co.Tipperary.
    6430 Pte Thomas Green. Waterford City.
    7495 Pte Thomas Lee. Ballybricken, Co. Waterford
    9691 Pte Thomas Moroney. Ballyneale, Co. Tipperary
    5962 Pte James O’Brien MM. Co. Waterford
    7645 Pte John Walsh. Waterford City.
    8033 Pte Thomas Weston. Carrick on Suir, Co. Tipperary
    1781 Pte Peter Wright. Glenmore, Co. Waterford.

    Total fatalties 2nd Bn Royal Irish Regt on this day 73

    7th Bn Royal Irish Regt

    1983 Pte Richard Barry MM. Waterford City.
    7357 Pte James Downey. Grange, Co. Waterford.
    25311 Pte Adam Gaffney. Waterford City.
    8936 Pte John Russell. Killenaule, Co. Tipperary.

    Total fatalties 7th Bn Royal Irish Regt on this day 78

    2nd Bn Royal Dublin Fusiliers

    27485 Pte James Butler. Clonmel.
    25760 Pte Patrick Kirwan, Knocklofty, Co.Tipperary.

    Total fatalties 2nd Bn Royal Dublin Fusiliers on this day 112

    2nd Bn Royal Munster Fusiliers

    18219 Pte James Keogh. Cashel, Co.Tipperary.

    Total fatalties 2nd Bn Royal Munster Fusiliers on this day 50



    7/8th Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

    26509 Pte John Lannon. Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford.
    26934 Pte Robert O’Neill. Waterford City.

    Total fatalties 7/8th Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers on this day 94

    All the above units were in the 16th Irish Division which suffered 563 fatalities on 21 March 1918. This represented approximately 10% of the divisional infantry. The 16th Division was in constant contact with the enemy until April 4th by which time it had suffered 7, 149 men killed, wounded and missing. The strength of the division was 1,278 all ranks. This was a little more than a full infantry battalion.

    Machine Gun Corps

    43299 Pte John Nugent. Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.
    43320 Pte William Sullivan. Waterford City.

    1963

    Cpl John McGrath died in the Congo.

    1989

    Killed in a landmine explosion near Brashit, Lebanon while serving with 64th Irishbatt UNIFIL.

    Cpl Fintan Heneghan
    Pte Thomas Walsh
    Pte Mannix Armstrong

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    1855

    At Sebastapol in the Crimea Sgt George Gardiner, 57th Foot, led a counter attack to recapture trenches from a Russian sallying party. Another display of courage during an assault on the town in June led to his being awarded the Victoria Cross. Born in Co. Down in 1821 he died in Lifford, Co. Donegal in 1891.

    A Ballymena man won the VC at the same place and date. Pte Alexander Wright of the 77th Foot, distinguished himself in repelling an enemy attack on his position and in further actions in April and August. He died in Calcutta in 1858.

    1907

    General James Gavin was born. He commanded the US 82nd Airborne Division at Nijmegen and in the Battle of the Bulge.

    1941

    German aircraft sank the Irish registered vessel, St Fintan off the Welsh coast. She was en route from Drogheda to Cardiff when attacked and sunk 7 miles off the Pembrokeshire coast.

    1963

    The Profumo scandal hots up with John Profumo the British Minister for Defence denying sleeping with Christine Keeler. Ms Keeler was also sleeping with a Soviet military attaché at the time.

    1968

    After the Tet Offensive General Westmoreland was relieved as US commander in Vietnam. He was replaced by General Abrams.

    1979

    Two members of the IRA assassinated Sir Richard Sykes, British ambassador to the Netherlands, and his 19-year-old footman, Karel Straub, outside his residence at The Hague.

    It was a bad year for British establishment figures- Airey Neave and Lord Mountbatten were murdered also.

    1981

    Patsy O’Hara (INLA) and Raymond McCreesh (IRA) began their hunger strikes in the Maze Prison.

    1983

    Irish-born Chaim Herzog was elected president of Israel.


    2003

    US and British forces were well inside Iraq and Basra was surrounded. Two RN helicopters collided over the Persian Gulf killing 7 personnel.

    Died

    1915

    5739 Sgt John O’Brien, 3rd Bn Royal Irish Regt. Died at home in Clonmel Co. Tipperary.

    11208 Pte John Ross, 2nd Bn The Royal Scots. KIA Western Front. From Waterford.

    1918

    1929 Cpl Michael Coman, 7th Bn The Leinster Regt. Died in France. From Cashel, Co. Tipperary.

    18191 Pte Patrick Coughlan, 2nd Bn Royal Munster Fusiliers. Died in France. From Clonmel Co. Tipperary.

    11618 Pte Thomas Kennedy, 8th King’s Royal Irish Hussars. Died in France. From Clonmel Co. Tipperary.

    3052 Pte Bernard McKeown, 9th Bn Loyal North Lancashire Regt. Died in France. From Clonmel Co. Tipperary.

    1941

    aboard the St Fintan

    Captain Neil Hendry, Isle of Arran, Scotland, aged 61.
    Mate Matthew Leonard, Rush, Co Dublin, aged 46.
    1st Engineer James Howat, Paisley,Scotland, aged 41.
    2nd Engineer Carl Fritzson, Dublin, aged 41.
    Bosun B Plunkett, Dublin, aged 27.
    Fireman Joseph Jones, Crumlin, Dublin.
    Fireman, William O Brien, Dublin, aged 40.
    Able Seaman Diarmuid O Beirne, Dublin, aged 18.
    Able Seaman M O Donnell, Dublin, aged 49.
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    1881

    The 1st Boer War came to an end officially with the signing of a treaty between Britain and the Boers.

    1932

    Britain warned the Irish Government that the Oath of Loyalty was mandatory.

    1999

    NATO forces got the go ahead from Javier Solana to launch air strikes on the Serbs after the failure of Kosovo peace talks.

    Died

    1915

    51899 Pte John Guerins, Depot Royal Munster Fusiliers. Died at Home. From Cappoquin, Co. Waterford.

    1918

    5259 Lance Cpl. John Brown, 14th Bn Royal Irish Rifles. KIA France. From Corbally, Co. Waterford.

    359688 Sapper John Harney, Royal Engineers. KIA France. From Waterford.

    19987 Rifleman John Mc Lean, 2nd Bn Royal Irish Rifles. KIA France. Born Cappoquin, Co. Waterford.

    6013 Pte Arthur Pittaway, 5th Royal Irish Lancers. KIA France. From Waterford.

    9524 Pte Stephen Walsh, 2nd Bn Royal Irish Regt. KIA France. From Cashel, Co. Tipperary.

    1920

    Vol James McCarthy, IRA. KIA Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

    Thomas O’Dwyer, civilian, originally from Bouladuff, Co. Tipperary. Killed by the Black and Tans in Miltown Malbay in revenge for an RIC man who was shot in his pub a few days previously.

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    1603

    Queen Elizabeth I died after 45 years on the throne of England. James VI of Scotland became James 1 of England, uniting the two crowns and initiating a century of civil war and conflict in England, Scotland and Ireland. Ultimately the two countries were, of course, formally united as the UK.

    1909

    John Millington Synge, playwright, died in Dublin.

    1923

    The Republican executive met in a cottage near the village of Ballymacarbry to discuss a truce in the Civil War. De Valera was for the proposal. Liam Lynch against. The truce proposal was defeated 6 votes to 5. Due to Free State Army activity in the area the executive had to split up. Some were captured within a few days. Lynch had just over 2 weeks to live.

    1944

    The Great Escape- the event on which the book and film were based- took place when 76 Allied fliers escaped from Stalag Luft 3 in Germany.

    1968

    An Aer Lingus plane, the St. Phelim, crashes into the sea near Tuskar Rock, Co. Wexford, with the loss of all 61 passengers and crew.


    1972

    In Northern Ireland, Stormont was suspended and direct rule imposed.

    1999

    NATO Air Forces begin bombing Serbia.

    Died

    1915

    9692 Pte Edward Walsh, 1st Bn Royal Irish Regt. KIA Western Front. From Butlerstown, Co. Waterford.

    1918

    18139 Pte Patrick Cuffe, Machine Gun Corps. KIA Western Front. From Tallow, Co. Waterford.

    1976

    Field Marshal Sir B L Montgomery.
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    1944

    Sgt Nicholas Alkemade of the RAF bailed out of a Lancaster bomber without a parachute, which had been shredded by shrapnel. He fell 18,000 feet and survived, he landed in a Fir tree and then into a snow drift.

    1957

    The signing of the Treaty of Rome founded the European Economic Community.


    Died

    1915

    4754 Pte Thomas Bishop, 1st Bn Royal Irish Regt. Died at Home. From Cashel, Co. Tipperary.

    1942

    First Radio Officer Godfrey Shaw, Merchant Navy. S.S. Tredinnick. Age 56. Son of John and Alice Shaw, Bray, Co. Wicklow


    Third Engineer Officer Alexander Smythe, Merchant Navy. M.V. Narragansett. Age 32. Husband of Mary Jane Smythe, Carlow.

    1971

    Sgt Thomas Beirne. 2nd Royal Australian Regt. KIA in Vietnam. He was from Belfast.
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    Captain James T Kirk will be born this day 229 years from now. :D

    Died

    1923

    Capt Percy Dillon, Free State Army. KIA. Born Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

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    1599

    Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, was appointed to command Queen Elizabeth’s troops in Ireland. Unfortunately for the Earl he was well out of his depth. He undertook a pointless campaign in Munster, where one of his culverin balls lodged in the wall of Cahir Castle and is still there today. Turning to Ulster he was tricked into a truce by the Earl of Tyrone and he then abandoned his army and returned to England. Elizabeth was not pleased. In disgrace he plotted a rebellion with James VI of Scotland and with his successor in Ireland, Lord Mountjoy. Captured and sent to the Tower of London he was beheaded on February 25th 1601.

    1625

    Charles I was crowned King of England, Ireland and Scotland. He was beheaded in 1649.

    1650

    Kilkenny surrendered to Oliver Cromwell.

    1839

    John Ballance was born in Glenavy, Co. Antrim. At twenty-four, he married Fanny Taylor. Her poor health encouraged them to emigrate to New Zealand. John founded the Evening Herald, later called the Wanganui Herald. He entered Parliament in 1875 and held the posts of Colonial Treasurer (1878), Minister of Lands, Native Affairs and Defence(1884-7) and Liberal Prime Minister (1891-3). He worked to improve relations with the Maoris and was instrumental in giving women the vote, making New Zealand the first country in the world to do so.

    1872

    Mary McSwiney was born in London. She was the sister of Terence Mcswiney. Like her brotehr she became a Republican, joining Sinn Féin, Cumann na mBan and working for Women's Suffrage. She was interned after the 1916 Rebellion and elected to Parliament for SF in 1918. The SF candidates formed the first Dáil in 1919 after this election. She opposed the 1921 Treaty and was imprisoned in Mountjoy and Kilmainham during the Civil War, spending 24 days on hunger-strike. She dies in 1942.

    1917

    28 year old Lt Frederick Harvey of Lord Stratcona's Horse, earned a Victoria Cross at Guyencourt, France when he captured a German machine gun position, single-handed.

    Lt Harvey was born in Athboy, Co. Meath. Despite this fact he is claimed by the blasted Canadians. Harvey also earned a Military Cross in 1918 and rose to the rank of Brigadier. He is one of three VCs who played for Wanderers Rugby Club in Dublin.


    1999

    A US F-117A stealth fighter was shot down over Yugoslavia during a NATO airstrike. The pilot was rescued by US forces.

    2003

    During Operation Iraqi Freedom a British armored unit destroyed 14 Iraqi tanks trying to break out of Basra. Meanwhile ships attempting to land supplies at the port of Umm Qasr had to be halted after Iraqi mines were discovered in the shipping channel.

    Died

    1915

    9061 Pte James Hearne, 2nd Bn Royal Irish Regt. KIA Western Front. He was from Waterford.

    1916

    4414 Pte James English, 9th Bn Royal Munster Fusiliers. KIA Western Front. He was from Waterford.

    1917

    39213 Pte Arthur Hamilton, Durham Light Infantry. From Belfast, he was executed by firing squad. Buried in Nouex Les Mines Communal Cemetery.


    1918

    3297 Pte William O'Keeffe 2nd Bn Leinster Regt. KIA Western Front. He was from Waterford.

    1921

    Vol Sean O’Leary, IRA. From Killarney, Co. Kerry he died of Wounds in Nenagh Co. Tipperary.

    1923

    Comdt Matthew Ryan, IRA. Died of Wounds Foilduff, Co. Tipperary

    Comdt John Sheehy, IRA. KIA Foilduff, Co. Tipperary.
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    1790: The shoelace invented.
    1841: 1st US steam fire engine tested, New York NY.
    1855: Abraham Gesner patents kerosene.
    1866: Andrew Rankin patents the urinal.
    1884: 1st long-distance telephone call, Boston-New York.
    1912: 1st Japanese cherry blossom trees planted in Washington DC.
    1914: 1st successful blood transfusion (in Brussels).
    1991: New Kids on the Block's Donnie Wahlberg arrested on arson charges in Kentucky.

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    2004: Ireland win Triple Crown after beating Scotland 37-16:-patriot:
    Well, government doesn't stop just because the country's been destroyed! I mean, annihilation’s bad enough without anarchy to make things even worse!

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    It was nice to see Peter Stringer getting over for a try too.

    It was Ireland's seventh Triple Crown win, out of 104 possibles. The others were 1894, 1899, 1948, 1949, 1982 and 1985. 1948 was the year we won the Grand Slam also.

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    1820

    Sir William Howard Russell was born in Tallaght, Co. Dublin. He was the Times' "Man in the Crimea"

    1854

    Britain and France declared war on Russia, starting the Crimean War.

    1879

    At Zlobane Mountain, during the Zulu War, Waterford-man Pte Edmund Fowler of the 2nd Bn Scottish Rifles accompanied a Lieutenant and a Captain up a narrow path to a cave held by Zulu warriors. The Captain was killed in the attack but Fowler and Lt Lysdon cleared the cave of enemy soldiers for which action they each received a VC.

    Major William Leet from Dalkey Co. Dublin earned his VC at Inlobana while serving with the 13th Foot, for rescuing a dismounted member of the Frontier Light Horse under enemy fire.

    Terence MacSwiney, SF Lord Mayor of Cork, was born. He died on Hunger Strike in London in 1920.

    1898

    The US Supreme Court ruled that a child born in the United States to Chinese immigrants was a U.S. citizen, and therefore could not be deported under the Chinese Exclusion Act. Michael McDowell please note.

    1939

    The Spanish Civil War ended.

    1944

    Nell McCafferty, journalist, writer and feminist, was born in Derry. Her favourite subject is Nell McCafferty.

    1955

    John Alderdice was born in Ballymena.

    1957

    Patrick "Jack" B. Yeats, Ireland's leading painter of the 20th century, died.

    1981

    Martin Hurson (IRA) started a hunger strike in the Maze Prison.

    Died

    1916

    Serving with 7th Bn The Leinster Regt, Loos, France

    1962 Pte James Maher from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. Killed in action.

    2778 Pte Maurice Ryan from Portlaw, Co. Waterford. DOW

    1918

    Lt Col Herbert Ireland. 2nd Bn Royal Munster Fusiliers. Killed in action on the Western Front. He was from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

    6366 L/Cpl Christopher O'Reilly, 1st Bn Irish Guards. Killed in action on the Western Front. He was from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.
    1943


    Fourth Engineer Officer Michael Hart, Merchant Navy. Aboard the M.V. Silverbeech. He was the son of Joseph and Winifred Hart, Oakpark, Co. Kerry. Age 27.

    1969

    Cpl Sean Doran, 25th Division US Army. He was from Dublin. and was killed in Vietnam.
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    1850

    The Dublin Steam Packet Company’s ship SS Royal Adelaide en route from Cork to London, sank in storm on the Tongue Sands, off Margate with the loss of all passengers and crew.

    1855

    At Sebastopol in the Crimea, Private William Coffey of the 34th Foot picked up a live shell, which had fallen into his trench, and threw it over the parapet saving many lives. For which act he was awarded a Victoria Cross. William Coffey was born in Knocklong, Co Limerick, in January 1829 and died in England in 1875.

    1859

    The Irish Times was published for the first time.

    1869

    James MacNeill, Governor-General of the Irish Free State from 1928 to 1932, was born in Glenarm, Co. Antrim.

    1873

    Peig Sayers, the nmost miserable woman in Ireland, ever, was born in Dunquin, Co. Kerry. Thousands of Irish school-children have cursed that day.:D

    1879

    After yesterday’s victory at Hlobane, 20,000 Zulu tribesmen attempted to finish off Colonel Henry Evelyn Wood’s column at Khambula.About 2,000 British and Colonial troops including the 90th Light Infantry, Edmund Fowler’s unit, were dug in and ready for them. The assault ended in defeat for the Zulus.

    1886

    Coca Cola went on sale in Atlanta for the first time.

    1912

    Polar explorer Capt. Robert Scott, sheltering from a storm in a tent near the South Pole, madethe last entry in his diary. It read "the end cannot be far."

    1971

    Lt. Calley was convicted of murdering 22 Vietnamese civilians in the 1968 My Lai massacre. He spent three years under house arrest.

    1973

    The last US soldiers left South Vietnam.

    1999

    NATO bombing of Serbian forces in Kosovo continued. Albania and Macedonia appealed for help as they were swamped by refugees fleeing Kosovo. Montenegro claimed that over 30,000 refugees had taken asylum there. NATO said Serbs were targeting ethnic Albanian leadership for executions and the US accused Milosevic of crimes against humanity. Montenegran President, Milo Djukanovic, made a plea for an end to the NATO bombing campaign.

    Died

    1918

    79988 2nd Corp Patrick Collins, Royal Engineers. KIA Western Front. From Waterford.

    1923

    Vol John Sheedy, IRA. KIA Cureeney, Co. Tipperary.
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    1533

    Henry VIII divorced his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, in defiance of the Pope. This event led to the Reformation and has buggered Irish history to this day.

    1603

    At the Battle at Mellifont, the English army under Lord Mountjoy beat the Irish army commanded by Red Hugh O'Neill, the Earl of Ulster. Red Hugh finally called it a day, ended the Nine Years War and submitted to English rule, meeting Mountjoy at Mellifont Abbey.

    1814

    The Duke of Wellington’s Army occupied Paris.

    1851

    A census showed the population of Ireland to be 6,552,385: it has declined by one-fifth (2.1 million) since 1845. At the same time the number of Irish in England and Wales has increased by 79% since 1841. Nearly a quarter of Liverpool and over 18% of the people of Glasgow and Dundee were Irish-born.

    1873

    Richard Church, from Co. Cork, soldier and "liberator of Greece," died in Athens.


    1880

    Sean O'Casey, playwright, was born. His plays portrayed the gritty side of life in Dublin’s slums where he was born. Nationalist, Socialist, Protestant and largely self-educated, his first plays (The Shadow of a Gunman, Juno and the Paycock, and The Plough and the Stars ) were set during the 1916-1923 period and, unusually, did not depict the mythological version of the periods events. He died in 1964.

    1979

    The INLA killed Conservative MP Airey Neave with a bomb planted in his car. It exploded as he left the underground car park of the House of Commons. Neave was a close friend of Conservative leader, Margaret Thatcher and Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary. The bombing was supposed to have occurred to coincide with the announcement of a general election, the day before. The Conservatives went on to win and Margaret Thatcher became PM. On a military note Neave was captured during the retreat to Dunkirk in 1940 and became the first British Officer to escape from Colditz Castle.

    1981

    John Hinckley Jr. shot and wounded President Ronald Reagan in Washington apparently because he had a crush on Jodie Foster. I find that hard to believe. Ashley Judd maybe, but not Jodie Foster. :D The object of his affections went on to win a best actress Oscar this day in 1992 for “The Silence of the Lambs”.

    1996

    Hezbollah fired 30 Katyusha rockets into northern Israel. Israel responded by shelling 15 South Lebanese villages.

    Died

    1941

    Able Seaman Edward Kavanagh, Merchant Navy. Aboard the S.S. Eastlea. Age 29. Son of Denis and Julia Kavanagh, Arklow, Co. Wicklow.

    1942

    Boatswain, Cornelius Farley, Merchant Navy. Aboard the S.S. Induna. Age 36. Son of Cornelius and Catherine Farley, Kinsale, Co. Cork. The Induna was part of Convoy PQ-13, sailing from Reykjavik, Iceland to Murmansk, Russia and was sunk by U-376 in the Barents Sea with only 19 men surviving the attack and 4 days adrift in a lifeboat. 31 crew died in the sinking.
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    1711

    Seven women from Island Magee, Co. Antrim were imprisoned and pilloried for 'bewitching' a woman named Mary Dunbar, who had experienced strange fits and visions.

    1790

    A quarrel between John Philpot Curran (MP for Kilbeggan) and Robert Hobart (MP for Portarlington) resulted in a duel in which Hobart allowed Curran to fire and then refused to return fire.

    1855

    Charlotte Bronte, whose father Patrickwas born in Ireland, died.

    1871

    Arthur Griffith was born in Dublin. He founded Sinn Féin in 1905.


    1965

    The US ordered the first combat troops to Vietnam.

    1991

    The Warsaw Pact went out of existence.

    1992

    The U.N. Security Council branded Libya a terrorist state.

    2003

    Things were heating up nicely as Operation Iraqi Freedom entered Day 13. US-led troops fought pitched battles with Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard within 50 miles of Baghdad. B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers struck communication and command centers in Baghdad, and cruise missiles set Iraq's Information Ministry ablaze. The US had lost 40 soldiers KIA, with 25 captured or MIA. Britain had suffered 25 dead. Things were still not going well at Umm Qasr.
    Meanwhile American troops at a checkpoint between Karbala and Najaf shot and killed 10 Iraqi women and children when a van failed to stop. NBC sacked reporter Peter Arnett after he told Iraqi television that the US war plan against Saddam Hussein had failed. Arnett got a job with the Daily Mirror.

    An EU peacekeeping mission in Macedonia began without an Irish input because the mission was not a UN sponsored one due to a Chinese veto in the Security Council. And the reason was that Macedonia had recognised Taiwan as a sovereign state.

    Died

    1916

    6589 Pte Thomas Dalton. 2nd Bn Royal Irish Regt. Died at Home. From Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.

    1917

    27086 Pte Peter Doyle. 16th Bn Yorks and Lancs. Died in England. From Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

    1918

    25578 Pte Denis Mackey, 7th Bn Royal Irish Regt. KIA Western Front. From Fethard, Co. Tipperary.

    1969

    L/Cpl Peter Nee from Galway was killed in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, serving with the 1st Marine Division.
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    April 1st

    1730

    Samuel Boyse, MP for Bannow, died as a result of a duel at the age of 33.

    1776

    Edward Hand, born in Ireland, was appointed a Brigadier General in the Continental Army.

    1815

    Otto Von Bismarck was born in Prussia. He engineered the unification of the German states into a united Reich under the Prussian Kaiser Wilhelm I.

    1839

    St. Clair Mulholland was born in Lisburn, Co. Antrim. He was a Union General in the American Civil War and a holder of the Medal of Honor.

    1911

    The Titanic was launched in Belfast.

    1918

    The Royal Flying Corps was renamed the Royal Air Force.

    1945

    150,000 US soldiers and marines invaded Okinawa.

    1970

    The US Army charged Captain Ernest Medina for the My Lai massacre in 1968. Medina was Lt Calley's company commander.

    1979

    Iran became an Islamic Republic after the fall of Shah Mohammed Pahlavi.

    1986

    The US Navy announced that on March 13 a Ballistic Missile Submarine the USS Nathanael Greene (SSBN-636) struck the sea-bed about forty miles south of the Isle of Man, in the deep water channel off Dublin Bay, causing major hull damage. Immediately, a major sea rescue operation was launched, in great secrecy, to save the vessel and its crew of 140 men. To make matters worse the sub was carrying a full cargo of Poisedon nuclear missiles with multiple warheads. After two days the vessel was salvaged and towed to the base at Holy Loch, Scotland. After further repairs it was escorted back to its home base. Damage to the Nathanael Greene was so serious that the vessel was de-commissioned in December 1986. It was struck off the US Navy list the following month. This actually assisted the US in complying with the SALT II Treaty and a stay of execution for the USS Alexander Hamilton, the intended sacrificial lamb.

    Quite possibly this was the most serious nuclear incident in Irish coastal waters and posed a major environmental risk to the whole Irish sea and the Irish eastern seaboard. To this day no detailed information on the accident or of any nuclear leak or pollution to the Irish Sea has been made public by the US Navy.

    The Nathanael Greene must have been an unlucky ship because in 1984 she lost her propellor off the coast of Anglesey and she had to be towed to harbour then also.

    http://www.lostsubs.com/SSBN-636.htm

    http://members.aol.com/ssbn617ah/history.htm

    2003

    PFC Jessica Lynch was rescued from a hospital in Iraq.

    Died

    1915

    4853 Pte Edward Lonergan, 1st Bn Irish Guards. On the Western Front. From Fethard, Co. Tipperary.

    10785 L/Cpl Edward Moore. 2nd Bn Royal Irish Regt. On the Western Front. From Carrick on Suir, Co. Tipperary.

    1916

    18253 Pte John Veale. 8th Bn Royal Dublin Fusiliers. On the Western Front. From Carrick on Suir, Co. Tipperary.

    1918

    3780 Shoeingsmith Daniel Power, 5th Lancers. Died of Wounds on the Western Front. From Waterford City.
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    1502

    Arthur Prince of Wales and son of Henry VII died. His widow Catherine of Aragon subsequently married his brother, the future Henry VIII.

    1871

    Census Day in Ireland. The population was 5,412,377, 285 of whom were Jews. I find that rather surprising.


    1879

    Lt Walter Hamilton from Co. Kilkenny, serving in Afghanistan with the Corps of Guides led a Cavalry charge against superior numbers of enemy. He also came to the rescue of a wounded trooper who was being attacked by three Afghans. Lt Hamilton was later awarded the Victoria Cross.

    1914

    Cumann na mBan was formed.

    1982

    Argentina invaded the British-owned Falkland Islands. The subsequent war would end on June 14th at a cost of the lives of 655 Argentinians and 236 British servicemen. The defeat of the Argentinians also spelled the end of the ruling miltary junta of Leopoldo Galtieri.

    1998

    A 1000lb bomb was intercepted in Dublin Port bound for Britain.

    2003

    US forces crossed the Tigris River in the drive towards Baghdad. In the process they the Baghdad Division of the Republican Guard. Saddam Hussein declared that victory was at hand.

    Died

    1918

    64496 Pte Matthew Moloney, 25th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers. On the Western Front. From Waterford City.

    11755 Pte James O'Brien, 1st Bn Irish Guards. On the Western Front. From Waterford City.

    1921

    Volunteer Patrick Loughrey, a member of the IRA, was shot dead by the Security Forces in Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

    Ex RIC Constable Thomas Morris was shot dead by the IRA, in the same town. I don’t know if the two events were related.

    1943

    Irish Merchant Seamen. Lost off the M.V. Melbourne Star.

    Able Seaman Christopher O’Neill. Husband of Annie O'Neill, Arklow, Co. Wicklow. Age 47.

    Junior Engineer Officer Henry Atkins, Age 22, he was the son of Thomas and Alice Atkins, Dublin.

    Able Seaman Patrick Sheehan. Age 27. Son of Patrick and Annie Sheehan, Berehaven, Co. Cork.

    The M.V. Melbourne Star was sunk by U-129 south-east of Bermuda en route from Britain to Panama and Australia. There were only 4 survivors of 112 men aboard. On the 5th of October 1940 she had been bombed by German aircraft west of Achill Island, Co. Mayo and suffered some damage. The following July she was torpedoed on a convoy to Malta.
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    April 3rd

    1657

    Oliver Cromwell was offered, and refused, the English Crown.

    1858

    At Jhansi, during the Indian Mutiny, Private James Byrne from Dublin, serving with the 86th Foot (Royal Irish Rifles)assisted Captain Henry Jerome in rescuing, under very heavy fire, a Lieutenant who was severely wounded. James Byrne was, himself, wounded in this act. Both men were awarded the Victoria Cross.

    Also awarded a VC for his courage with the 86th that day was Pte James Pearson, who, single-handed, attacked a group of rebels, killing one and bayoneting two others. He was himself wounded in the attack. He also brought a wounded comrade into cover under heavy fire.

    Elsewhere during the attack on the Jhansi Fort was Cpl Michael Sleavon from Fermanagh, who was with the Royal Engineers. Under heavy fire, he continued work on the sap he was digging and was awarded the VC.

    Finally a man calling himself Frederick Whirlpool won a VC serving with the 3rd Bombay European Regt, which would later become the Leinster Regt. His real name was Frederick James and his award was for rescuing several comrades who were wounded and under fire. He performed a similar deed a few weeks later. Whirlpool was wounded no less than 17 times in the mutiny. On wound almost decapitated him.

    1882

    Bob Ford shot Jesse James in the back. The second most famous outlaw in history was dead.

    Died

    1918

    10214 Pte Philip Lynch, 1st Bn Royal Irish Regt. In Egypt. From Carrick on Suir, Co. Tipperary.

    1923

    Vol Jerome Lyons was shot dead in Kickham Barracks, Clonmel while being interrogated by a National Army intelligence officer. The officer claimed Lyons grabbed his revolver. It was in all probability a summary execution.

    1970

    Garda Richard Fallon was murdered by Saor Éire terrorists during a bank robbery in Dublin.


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    1949

    NATO was born, consisting of the US, Great Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy, Portugal, Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Canada. It provided for mutual defense against aggression and for close military cooperation.

    1968

    Martin Luther King was assassinated by James Earl Ray while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

    Died

    1918

    26648 Pte Michael O'Sullivan. 10th Bn Royal Dublin Fusiliers. On the Western Front. From Killenaule, Co. Tipperary.

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    1916

    Capt Angus Buchanan won a VC serving with the South Wales Borderers at a place called Fallujah in Mesopotamia. We haven't come very far have we?

    1937

    Colin Powell's birthday.

    1945

    A German submarine, U-242, commanded by Oberleutnant Heinz Riedel hit a mine in St George's Channel and was lost with it's crew of 44.

    1964

    Gen Douglas MacArthur died in Washington aged 84.

    Died

    1916

    20942 Pte Michael Power, 5th Bn Wiltshire Regt. From Dunhill, Co. Waterford. KIA Mesopotamia.

    1941

    6348895 Pte Joseph Walsh from Drangan, Co. Tipperary serving with 4th Bn Royal West Kent Regt. Died in Burma.
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    Richard the Lionheart died in France of an arrow wound. He was shot by an archer from the castle of Chaluz, which his troops were besieging.

    1858

    Pte Patrick Carlin of the 13th Foot, from Belfast was awarded a VC for rescuing an Indian Corporal at Azumgurh in India. He used his injured comrades sword to dispatch a mutineer on the way.

    1941

    Germany invaded Yugoslavia and Greece.

    1980

    A major confrontation started between the South Lebanon Army and Irish UNIFIL troops in At Tiri, Lebanon. The conflict would last a week and result in several Irish deaths.

    1992

    In northern Bosnia fighting commences between Bosnian government troops and ethnic Serbs. Sarajevo was besieged. The conflict was engineered by Slobodan Milosevic, the President of Serbia and Radovan Karadzic, leader of the Bosnian Serbs.

    Died

    1915

    3935 Shoesmith Frederick Johnson of 6th (Royal Inniskilling) Dragoons on the Western Front. He was the brother of Mr. A. Johnson, of 41, Barrack St., Waterford and is buried in Longuenesse Cemetery, St Omer, France.


    2003

    L/Cpl Ian Malone 1st Bn Irish Guards from Dublin. KIA Basra, Iraq.
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    1739

    Dick Turpin was hung in York for highway robbery.

    1914

    The House of Commons passed the Irish Home Rule Bill.

    1943

    Sgt John Morrissey from Cashel, Co. Tipperary, serving with the 1st Bn Royal Irish Fusiliers in Tunisia, took command of his platoon after his Pln Commmander was wounded and led it in an attack on a German position. He won a Military Medal.

    1980

    In At Tiri, Lebanon, Pte Stephen Griffin was shot in the head and wounded by the SLA. Capt Adrian Ainsworth went to retrieve his body and was later awarded the Military Medal for Gallantry.

    1989

    The Komsomolets, a Soviet nuclear submarine, sank in the Norwegian Sea after a fire. Of the 69 men aboard 42 died.

    1994

    The 100 day Rwanda genocide commenced after the President was killed in a plane crash. Members of the Hutu tribe massacred thousands of Tutsis, including the Prime Minister, Agathe Uwilingyimana, andher Belgian Army escort.

    2002

    Israeli troops entered Nablus and Jenin.

    2003

    A US armoured column entered Baghdad.

    Died

    1915

    19262 Pte Henry Connor, 6th Bn Royal Irish Regt. Died in Fermoy, Co. Cork.

    1917

    10622 Pte M Harrigan 2nd Bn Royal Irish Regt. At Home. From Carrick on Suir, Co. Tipperary.

    1921

    Volunteer Daniel Carew from Dundrum, Co. Tipperary. Died of Wounds in Dublin.

    1965

    Sgt John Hamill UNFICYP. Died in Cyprus.
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    In At Tiri, Lebanon, Lt Anthony Bracken, Cpl Michael Jones and Pte Michael Daly won the Military Medal for Gallantry in action against the SLA.

    Died

    1943

    6845869 Sgt Denis White from Cahir, Co. Tipperary died in Burma while serving with 1st Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

    1945

    5250989 Pte Chris Murphy from Fethard, Co. Tipperary serving with 1st Bn the Cheshire Regt. Died in Germany.

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    was at tiri very serious seeing as there were plenty of medals handed out and two men on the UNIFIL side died? from what ive read of it recently it seems to have been a stand-off that flared up now and again, just to stop the sla from moving into a village.
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