1937 Charlie Donnelly (27), poet and left-wing activist, was killed fighting on the Republican side on the final day of the Battle of Jarama.

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1919 Sinn Féin members returned in the general election of December 1918 convened in the Mansion House to establish Dáil Éireann, the first parliament in Dublin since 1800. A Declaration […]

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1960 Albert Camus (46), Algeria-born French philosopher, writer and winner of the Nobel Prize in literature (1957), died in a car crash. 1969 A People’s Democracy civil rights march from […]

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1871 The Irish Church Act (1869), whereby the Church of Ireland ceased to exist ‘as an establishment’, came into law. 1892 Ellis Island, the US government’s busiest immigrant inspection station […]

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2006 Saddam Hussein was hanged in Baghdad, having been found guilty of crimes against humanity after a twelve-month trial. 1916 Grigori Rasputin (47), Russian peasant, faith healer and favourite of […]

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