March 26

Published in On this Day listing

  • 2000 Vladimir Putin, who had served as a KGB foreign intelligence officer for sixteen years, was elected president of Russia in succession to Boris Yeltsin.
  • 1920 Alan Bell, a magistrate investigating funding of the republican movement, was shot dead by Michael Collins’s ‘squad’.
  • 1932 Sir Horace Plunkett (78), pioneer of agricultural cooperation and first president of the Irish Agricultural Organisation Society (1894), died.
  • 1931 T.M. (Timothy) Healy, barrister, parliamentary correspondent of The Nation, Irish Party MP and governor-general of the Irish Free State  (1922–8), died.
  • 1856 William Ferguson Massey, prime minister of New Zealand (1912–25), born in Limavady, Co. Derry.
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