September 14

Published in On this Day listing

  • 1982 Princess Grace of Monaco (52), formerly the American film actress Grace Kelly, died after a car crash the previous day.
  • 1971 The Democratic Unionist Party was founded by Revd Ian Paisley. ‘A double-decker bus for fundamental loyalism and fundamental Christianity. Its fuel was the Troubles’, wrote one observer.
  • 1968 St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, admitted its first lay students to degree courses.
  • 1967 Rupert Guinness, 2nd earl of Iveagh (93), brewer and philanthropist who presented his Dublin residence, Iveagh House (80 St Stephen’s Green, now the Department of Foreign Affairs), to the government in 1939, died.
  • 1911 Canon James McDyer, priest and community leader associated with Glencolmcille, Co. Donegal, born in Kilraine, Glenties, Co. Donegal.
  • 1814 The US national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, was written by Francis Scott Key after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry during the war of 1812–15.

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