March 08

Published in On this Day listing

  • 1966 A republican bomb destroyed the top half of Nelson’s Pillar in O’Connell Street, Dublin.
  • 1869 Death of Hector Berlioz, French romantic composer, best known for his Symphonie Fantastique (1830), dedicated to Irish actress Harriet Smithson, whom he later married (1833).
  • 1917 The February Revolution in Russia led to the establishment of a provisional government and the demise of the Romanov dynasty.
    Ferdinand von Zeppelin, German general who founded the Zeppelin Airship Company, died.
  • 1770 Mary Anne McCracken, revolutionary and philanthropist, sister of Henry Joy McCracken, born in High Street, Belfast.
  • 1966 A republican bomb destroyed the top half of Nelson’s Pillar in O’Connell Street, Dublin. The remainder of the column was officially demolished three days later.
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