August 27

Published in On this Day listing

  • 1979 Lord Mountbatten, his nephew and a 15-year-old boy killed by an IRA bomb on their boat. That afternoon the IRA killed 18 soldiers at Narrow Water, Co. Down.
  • 1969 The British home secretary, James Callaghan, toured troubled parts of Belfast. The following day, from an upstairs bedroom window of a house near Free Derry Corner, he made a speech by megaphone, recognising past wrongs and promising justice in the future.
  • 1923 General election in the Irish Free State: Cumann na nGaedheal took 63 seats whilst Sinn Féin, with a policy of abstentionism, took 44.
  • 1874 John Henry Foley (56), sculptor, notably of the O’Connell monument, Dublin, and the statue of Prince Albert for the Albert Memorial in London, died.

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