1937 – Birth of John Hume, nationalist politician, in Derry.

Nobel Peace Prize winner and Nationalist politician, John Hume is born in Derry. Hume played a prominent and decisive role in the Northern Ireland peace process.

A former teacher, Hume first came to prominence through the civil rights movement in the late 1960s and worked tirelessly to improve the lot of discriminated Catholics, but also build bridges with the Loyalist Community. He was a founding member of the moderate nationalist Social Democratic and Labour Party in 1970, taking over as leader in 1979.

John Hume was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998 with David Trimble. Other awards for this tireless worker for peace include the Martin Luther King Peace Award (1999), and the Gandhi Peace Prize (2001).

In 2010, John Hume in a phone and text poll conducted by Irish national broadcaster RTE, was voted Ireland’s Greatest.

In 2012, Hume received one of the premier titles of the Catholic church – Knight Commander of St. Gregory the Great.

Documentary on John Hume: http://youtu.be/68agPtnsA9M



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