Famed Irish-American politician Tip O’Neill is born. O’Neill’s grandfather who was from Mallow, Co. Cork emigrated to the US in 1851. Tip O’Neill went on to become Speaker of the House in 1977 a position he held for ten years. Although on opposite sides of the political aisle, O’Neill was very friendly with Ronald Reagan often swapping profane Irish and ethnic stories. O’Neill was a strong supporter of the Northern Ireland peace process.
When O’Neill died in 1994 at the age of 81, he was lauded by friends and political foes. Longtime rival Bob Dole said “He was the Congressman’s Congressman.”
Photo: Reagan with Tip O’Neill