1703 – Birth of Philip Tisdall, politician and Attorney General noted for his lavish hospitality.
1726 – Abraham Shackleton, a Quaker, opens a school at Ballitore, Co. Kildare. Edmund Burke will later be a pupil.
1794 – Statutes of Dublin University amended to allow Catholics to take degrees.
1847 – Horrific Report on Irish Famine.
1848 – Augustus St. Guadens, Irish sculptor of Dublin’s Parnell monument, is born.
1852 – Archibald William Montgomerie, 13th Earl of Eglinton appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. He was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in 1852 and again from 1858 to 1859.
1905 – Birth of Nano Reid, painter, in Drogheda, Co. Louth.
1921 – The IRA informer Dan Shields betrayed the position of an IRA column in Nadd, west Cork. Three IRA volunteers were killed in the subsequent British ambush.
1921 – The IRA North Longford commander Sean MacEoin was captured at Mullingar and charged with the murder of an RIC detective. This was a severe blow to the IRA in that area.
1921 – Two IRA volunteers were killed in a skirmish with British forces at Ballynamrossagh, Tipperary.
1949 – Birth in Donegal of guitarist Rory Gallagher.
1953 – Birth of Martin O’Neill, international soccer star and manager of Celtic.
1965 – Roger Casement’s body is re-interred in Glasnevin cemetery, Dublin.
1976 – “Special Category” status is removed from political prisoners in Northern Ireland.
1981 – Bobby Sands begins his hunger strike at Long Kesh prison.
1998 – President McAleese defends her decision to hold a reception to mark Orange Day celebrations in the face of mounting criticism from unionists.
1998 – DUP councillor Nigel Dodds calls for security to be stepped up following an INLA bomb attack at a school used by Catholic and Protestant children.
1999 – The heroic action of a pilot and the crew of a Channel Express cargo plane avert a major tragedy as they land the plane safely at Shannon after two propellers on their ageing aircraft disintegrated, disabling two of their four engines and leaving a deep hole in the aircraft’s fuselage.
2001 – Fears of a foot and mouth outbreak in Kerry are eased with confirmation from the Department of Agriculture that no animals checked on two farms near Castleisland show symptoms of the disease.
2003 – According to a new global survey, Dublin is one of the safest cities in the world.
Photo: Slemish Mountain