1989 – Hillsborough disaster: A human crush occurs at Hillsborough Stadium, home of football club Sheffield Wednesday, resulting in the deaths of 96 Liverpool F.C. fans.

The Hillsborough stadium disaster left 96 Liverpool fans dead and 766 injured. They were watching their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground on 15 April 1989. The victims’ families have fought ever since to find out exactly what happened.

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1912 – The RMS Titanic leaves port in Southampton, England for her first and only voyage.

At 7.30am, Captain Edward J. Smith boards Titanic with full crew. Third class passengers embarked at 9.30, followed by second and first class. Titanic sets sail from Southampton at noon heading for Cherbourg. Even before she leaves the harbour, there was disarray. The swell caused by the giant ship created a suction that broke the […]

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1661 – Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England is ritually executed after having been dead for two years on the anniversary of the execution of the monarch he himself deposed.

On 20 April 1653 Cromwell dismissed the Rump Parliament by force, setting up a short-lived nominated assembly known as the Barebones Parliament, before being invited by his fellow leaders to rule as Lord Protector of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland from 16 December 1653. Oliver Cromwell’s body was exhumed from Westminster Abbey and was subjected […]

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1979 – Death of poet, Dublin-born Eileen Shanahan.

Eileen Shanahan (28 October 1901 – 28 January 1979) was one of the small number of Irish women poets. Her best-known poem, The Three Children (Near Clonmel), was included in the Oxford Book of Irish Verse (1958). She was born in Dublin, where her father George Shanahan (1856-1944) was Assistant Secretary of the Irish Board […]

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1939 – Death of William Butler Yeats.

William Butler Yeats (13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939) was an Irish poet and dramatist and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and English literary establishments, in his later years Yeats served as an Irish Senator for two terms. He was a driving force behind the […]

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1852 – Louis Brennan, inventor, is born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

Louis Brennan (28 January 1852 – 17 January 1932) was an Irish-Australian mechanical engineer and inventor. Brennan was born in Castlebar, County Mayo and moved to Melbourne, Australia in 1861 with parents. He started his career as a watchmaker and a few years later was articled to Alexander Kennedy Smith, a renowned civil and mechanical […]

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1807 – Birth in Co. Wexford of Sir Robert McClure, polar explorer and discoverer of the North-West Passage.

Sir Robert John Le Mesurier McClure (or M’Clure) (28 January 1807 – 17 October 1873) was a Irish explorer of the Arctic. In 1854, he was the first to transit the Northwest Passage (by boat and sledge), as well as the first to circumnavigate the Americas. Early life and career: He was born in Wexford, […]

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1975 – Mother Mary Martin, founder of the Medical Missionaries of Mary, dies in Drogheda

Marie Helena Martin (25 April 1892 Glenageary, Dublin – 27 January 1975 Drogheda, County Louth), Foundress of the Medical Missionaries of Mary. Marie Helena Martin was born in Glenageary, Dublin, on April 25, 1892. During the Great War of 1914-1918, she trained as a volunteer nurse known as a V.A.D. and was assigned first to […]

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1951 – Birth of Thin Lizzy Drummer, Brian Downey.

1951 – Birth of Thin Lizzy Drummer, Brian Downey. Along with Lynott, Downey was the only original member of Lizzy to stay with the band from beginning to end, although he did opt out of a 1978 tour claiming “exhaustion.” Today, he continues to play with an incarnation of Thin Lizzy. Bio of Brian Downey: […]

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1850 – Birth of Edward J. Smith, captain of the Titanic.

Edward J. Smith, captain of the ill-fated Titanic is born in Stoke-on-Trent. The Titanic was built at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. It’s final point of departure was Queenstown (now Cobh), Co. Cork, April 11 1912. Photo: E.J. Smith, Titanic Captain. Rare Footage of Captain Smith on Titanic sister ship Olympic – NOTE: […]

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