August 25

Published in On this Day listing

  • 1819 Alan Pinkerton, emigrant to the United States who founded the national detective agency that bears his name, born in the Gorbals, Glasgow.
  • 1997 The McCracken Tribunal reported that former taoiseach Charles J. Haughey had received £1.3m from supermarket co-owner Ben Dunne and that his evidence, under oath, was either ‘unacceptable’ or ‘unbelievable’ on eleven different points.
  • 1986 Hurricane Charley, one of the century’s worst storms, caused extensive damage, particularly in the east of the country.
  • 1580 Battle of Glenmalure, Co. Wicklow. Crown forces under George Moore were heavily defeated by rebels.
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