April 11

Published in On this Day listing

  • 1971 At its annual congress in Belfast the GAA voted to abolish Rule 27, the ban that prohibited the playing of soccer, rugby, hockey and cricket by members of the association.
  • 1770 George Canning, Tory statesman and prime minister for the final 118 days of his life, who described himself as ‘an Irishman born in London’, born to George Canning, a failed wine merchant and lawyer from Garvagh, Co. Derry, and Irish actress Mary Ann Costello.
  • 1968 President L.B. Johnston signed the historic Civil Rights Act, also known as the Fair Housing Act, into law.
  • 1912 Prime Minister Asquith introduced the third Home Rule bill in the House of Commons.
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