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 On this day 26 June in Irish History

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PostSubject: On this day 26 June in Irish History   Thu Jun 26, 2008 5:31 pm

The things which took place this day through history;

1657 - 'Act for Convicting, Discovering and Repressing of Popish Recusants' is passed
1782 - The Relief Act gives Catholics rights concerning their education
1798 - Southern column is surprised by Government forces on Kilcumney Hill. They are defeated and decide to disperse. Many men return home but some decide to try and rejoin northern column at Croghan. Northern column remains in camp at Croghan.
1824 - Physicist and mathematician, Sir William Thomson, first Baron Kelvin of Largs, is born in College Square East, Belfast
1846 - England repeals the Corn Laws. The Corn Law Act had been passed in 1815 as a measure to protect the interests of landowners who looked as if they were about to lose out when highly inflated prices for corn ceased with the ending of the Napoleonic Wars. This kept the price of not only corn but also bread artificially high. Although an Anti-Corn Law League formed to oppose the legislation, it was not until the potato famine in Ireland that repeal was enacted in a belated attempt to alleviate some of the suffering
1887 - 92 degrees Fahrenheit (33 Celsius), the highest temperature in Ireland since records began, was recorded at Kilkenny Castle
1891 - Wedding of Charles Stewart Parnell to Kitty O’Shea
1963 - President John F. Kennedy begins his state visit to Ireland
1972 - The great Auditor #9 was born on this day. Happy birthday Auditor!!! Very Happy
1981 - Garret FitzGerald succeeds Haughey as Taoiseach
1986 - After a bitter campaign, the referendum to legalize divorce is defeated, 63.1 percent to 36.3 per cent
1991 - The convictions of the Maguire Seven are quashed
1996 - Journalist Veronica Guerin is murdered in Dublin
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PostSubject: Re: On this day 26 June in Irish History   Thu Jun 26, 2008 6:33 pm

Lord Kelvin was born on this day in 1824



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AKA William Thomson

Born: 26-Jun-1824
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Died: 17-Dec-1907
Location of death: Netherhall, Largs, Scotland
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Physicist

Executive summary: Illustrated 2nd Law of Thermodynamics
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One of the most amazing people ever.
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PostSubject: Re: On this day 26 June in Irish History   Thu Jun 26, 2008 8:50 pm

Some quotes from Colin Wilson, a writer also born on this day;

“The mind has exactly the same power as the hands; not merely to grasp the world, but to change it.”

“The complex develops out of the simple.”

“Dr. Miller says we are pessimistic because life seems like a very bad, very screwed-up film. If you ask "What the hell is wrong with the projector?" and go up to the control room, you find it's empty. You are the projectionist, and you should have been up there all the time.”
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PostSubject: Re: On this day 26 June in Irish History   Thu Jun 26, 2008 11:37 pm

1843 - Hong Kong was proclaimed a British Crown Colony. It remained so until 1st July 1997.

1917 - The first American troops landed in
France
under the command of General John Pershing. My great uncle Michael Flynn was one of them. He got US citizenship in 1916, just in time to be drafted. Laughing Happily he survived.

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