January 15

Published in On this Day listing

  • 1872 John King (33), Tyrone-born soldier and the only survivor of the four men of the Burke and Wills expedition (1860–1), the first to cross Australia from south to north, died of tuberculosis.
  • 1988 Seán MacBride (83), lawyer, government minister and international politician, died.
  • 1988 Seán MacBride (83), lawyer, revolutionary and international jurist who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1977), died.
  • 1920 Using proportional representation (PR) for the first time, local government elections gave Sinn Féin, other nationalists and the Labour Party control of 172 out of 206 councils, including 72 out of the 127 municipal councils.
  • 1861 Terence Bellew MacManus, Young Irelander who had been transported to Van Diemen’s Land for his role in the William Smith O’Brien affray at Ballingarry in July 1848, died in poverty in San Francisco. His funeral to Glasnevin in November that year was effectively stage-managed by the Fenian movement.

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