August 04

Published in On this Day listing

  • 1961 Barack Hussein Obama, 44th and current president of the United States and great-great-great-grandson of Fulmouth Kearney of Moneygall, Co. Offaly, born in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • 1927 John Dillon (75), land agitator and Irish Parliamentary Party (IPP) MP (1880–1918) who made a famous speech in the House of Commons in defence of the leaders of the 1916 Rising (11 May 1916), died.
  • 1914 At 8am German troops invaded Belgium. At 11pm Britain declared war on Germany. ‘The lamps are going out all over Europe, and we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime’—Sir Edward Grey, British foreign secretary.
  • 1812 Robert Peel, MP for Cashel, was appointed chief secretary for Ireland.
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