January 10

Published in On this Day listing

  • 1922 Arthur Griffith was elected president of Dáil Éireann.
  • 1920 The League of Nations held its first meeting in Geneva. It was superseded by the United Nations on the same date in 1946.
  • 1970 An estimated 6,000 attended an anti-apartheid demonstration outside Lansdowne Road as Ireland played South Africa in rugby.
  • 1984 Seán MacEntee (95), Belfast-born founder member of Fianna Fáil (1926), eleven times minister for finance in various Fianna Fáil governments and tánaiste (1959–65), died. He was the last surviving member of the first Dáil Éireann.
  • 1957 Harold Macmillan (Conservative) succeeded Sir Anthony Eden as British prime minister.
  • 1952 An Aer Lingus Dakota aircraft, St Kevin, en route from Northolt (Middlesex) to Dublin, crashed in Snowdonia, Wales, killing all 23 (twenty passengers and three crew) on board. It was the first fatal crash in the airline’s fifteen-year history.
  • 1941 Sir John Lavery, painter, died.
  • 1917 William ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody, so called for killing 4,280 buffalo (American bison) over eight months (1867–8) to feed the workers on the Union Pacific railroad, died.
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