July 20

Published in On this Day listing

  • 1969 Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon when he emerged along with Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin from Apollo 11’s lunar module, Eagle.
  • 1996 Michelle Smyth/de Bruin won the first of three gold medals in swimming at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, making her Ireland’s most successful Olympian. Two years later she received a four-year ban from the Court of Arbitration for Sport for tampering with her urine sample.
  • 1969 The Derry Citizens’ Action Committee  was superseded by the more militant Derry Citizens’ Defence Association.
  • 1918 The British troop-ship SS Justicia, en route from Belfast to New York, sank c. 45km north-west of Malin Head after being struck several times by German torpedoes. Sixteen crewmen lost their lives.
  • 1616 Hugh O’Neill, earl of Tyrone, died in Rome.
  • 1616 Hugh O’Neill,earl of Tyrone, died in exile in Rome.
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