May 03

Published in On this Day listing

  • 1921 The Government of Ireland Act (1920) came into effect, creating the jurisdictions of Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland.
  • 1469 Machiavelli, Renaissance writer, playwright and poet, author notably of The Prince (1513), born in Florence.
  • 1968 The ‘May ’68’ civil unrest in France began with a series of student protests against capitalism, consumerism, American imperialism and conservative values.
  • 1916 Patrick Pearse (36), Tom Clarke (59) and Thomas MacDonagh (38) executed.
    Augustine Birrell, Chief Secretary for Ireland since 1907, resigned.
  • 1916 Patrick Henry Pearse, aged 34, poet, writer, founder of Scoil Eanna (St Enda’s) in 1908 and commander-in-chief of the forces of the Irish Republic during the Easter Rising, was executed in Kilmainham Jail.
  • 1814 Louis XVIII became king of France following 22 years of revolution and conquest under Napoleon Bonaparte.
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