1819 Birth of Gustave Courbet, French painter—notably of A Burial at Ornans (1850–1)—and pioneer of nineteenth-century realism. 1967 Spencer Treacy (67), acclaimed Hollywood actor who won consecutive Academy Awards for Best […]

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1997 The Labour Party, led by Tony Blair, won the British general election by a landslide, ending eighteen years of Conservative rule.

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1908 Luke Livingstone Macassey (c. 65), civil engineer and barrister, died. Macassey is remembered as Belfast’s ‘water hero’, the visionary engineer who brought a reliable supply of clean water to […]

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1992 In the Westminster election the Conservatives, under John Major, were returned to power. Joe Hendron (SDLP) ousted Gerry Adams (SF) in West Belfast. 1947 Desmond Fitzgerald, journalist and Cumann […]

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1959 During the Mau Mau uprising against British colonial rule in Kenya, eleven insurgent detainees were clubbed to death in the Hola detention camp. A further 77 sustained serious injuries. […]

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