August 22, 2019: A look back at what happened on this day in years gone by

August 22, 2019: A look back at what happened on this day in years gone by

We take a trip down memory lane and check out what happened on this day in years gone by by looking back at some Irish Examiner front pages and highlighting other events which went down in history across the world.

August 22- 50 years ago

A 22-year-old Bernadette Devlin made the front page of the Cork Examiner on this day 50 years ago, when she addressed reporters after touching down at Kennedy Airport in New York City.

Then the youngest member of the British parliament, Ms Devlin arrived in the United States meaning to collect $1m for refugees displaced by disturbances in Northern Ireland.

Barely visible through a network of microphones, Ms Devlin stood “hands on hips” and clad in blue jeans as she addressed the press.

August 22, 2019: A look back at what happened on this day in years gone by

“We don’t want war, we don’t want people to die,” she said. “What I mean to do is to collect one million dollars. If one million people send me a dollar apiece, then I shall have it quickly.”

When asked if she expected to remain a member of the British parliament, Ms Devlin said: “Oh, yes. They’ve never thought of machinery for throwing people like me out.”

The situation in Northern Ireland took up most of the front page of this newspaper 50 years ago.

This included an announcement of an advisory body to examine the structure of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and the Ulster Special Constabulary, and talks with the UN about “easing the situation.”

25 years ago

Boyzone “hysteria” made the front page of the Cork Examiner 25 years ago, as the ubiquitous 1990s boyband delighted fans at the Cork Opera House.

Elsewhere, Taoiseach Albert Reynolds called on the IRA and Sinn Fein to show “leadership and courage” as speculation grew of an imminent ceasefire.

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And the former Taoiseach also made the front page of the by then renamed Irish Examiner five years ago, when he died.

10 years ago

Ten years ago, “recession blues were put on ice as Celtic Tiger champagne times sparkled” for Andrea Corr, of the music band The Corrs.

The singer’s marriage to Brett Desmond, at a starstudded event at the Doonbeg Golf Club, in County Clare, dominated the front page.

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Elsewhere, a “defiant” Taoiseach Brian Cowen was adamant he would not be altering the direction of the soon-to-be-introduced National Assets Management Agency (NTMA) to appease members of his party.

Speaking in Tullamore, Mr Cowen told reporters the plan’s fundamentals — to buy €90bn worth of distressed development loans from the banks — would stay intact.

Five years ago

On August 22, 2014, Irish Examiner columnist Fergus Finlay wrote: “You could, if you wish, remember Albert Reynolds as the man who wrecked two governments.

“Or you could remember him as the man who built the peace process. He was both of those things.”

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“A complex, gregarious, and yet stubborn man, who would bet his house on a game of poker if he had to. He took risks all his life, in business and in politics, and he always played for high stakes.”

Last year

On this day last year, Pope Francis was being urged “to go beyond apologies” when addressing child abuse. Ahead of his visit to Ireland last August, the Pope was being urged to release all the files on how the Church covered up decades of child abuse here.

August 22, 2019: A look back at what happened on this day in years gone by

Survivor groups were insisting that his words needed to be “followed up by actions.”

Across the world on this day in history

  • From the signing of the first treaty of the Geneva Convention to the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty

  • 1138 The English defeated the Scots at Cowton Moor. Banners of various saints were carried into battle, so it became known as the Battle of the Standard.
  • 1350 Philip VI of France died and was succeeded by John II. He was reigning monarch at the outbreak of the Hundred Years War (1337-1453)
  • 1485 King Richard III of England was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field, ending the Wars of the Roses between the Houses of Lancaster and York. Henry Tudor succeeded to the throne as Henry VII.
  • 1567 The Duke of Alba, sent to reestablish Spanish authority in the Netherlands, instituted the Council of Troubles at the start of his tyrannical rule. It was nicknamed the ‘Council of Blood’.
  • 1642 The English Civil War began between the supporters of King Charles I, called Royalists or Cavaliers, and of Parliament (Roundheads), led by Oliver Cromwell.
  • 1762 Ann Franklin became the first female editor of an American newspaper, The Mercury, in Newport, Rhode Island.
  • 1775 Britain’s King George III proclaimed the American colonies to be in a state of open rebellion.
  • 1846 The Second Federal Republic of Mexico was established. Politically unstable, it lasted less than 17 years and had 14 presidents.
  • 1847 Sir John Forrest, Australian explorer and politician, was born. He led pioneer expeditions into Australia’s western interior and was premier of Western Australia from 1890-1901.
  • 1864 The first treaty of the Geneva Convention was signed, providing for the protection of the wounded during times of active warfare, and leading to the formation of the Red Cross.
  • 1922 Michael Collins was killed in an ambush in West Cork, Ireland. In 1921, he had led the Irish delegation that signed the Anglo-Irish treaty, which partitioned Ireland.
  • 1928 German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen was born. From 1953, he pioneered electronic music.
  • 1978 Sandinista guerrillas took over the National Palace in Nicaragua for three days, killing six people and taking several hundred hostages.
  • 1989 British Telecom launched the world’s first pocketphones, operational within 100 yards of a public base station.
  • 2000 Three people were killed and nine trapped beneath a landslide after ‘supertyphoon’ Bilis, equivalent to a category five hurricane, tore through Taiwan.
  • 2002 More than 5,000 people attended the unveiling of a statue honouring Michael Collins in his home village of Clonakilty, in West Cork, on the 80th anniversary of his assassination.
  • 2005 More than 30 wildfires, fed by the worst drought in 60 years, were burning out of control through forest and farmland in Portugal. Spain, France, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands sent fire-fighting aircraft to support 3,300 firefighters battling the blazes.
  • 2010 Golfer Tiger Woods and his exwife, Elin Nordegren, finalised their divorce.
  • 2010 All 33 Chilean miners trapped underground by a cave collapse were located alive after 17 days. As engineers prepared to install a huge drilling machine to bring the men to the surface, rescue teams sent supplies through narrow boreholes, but now had to decide how to keep them sane during an operation expected to last months.
  • 2011 Actress Kate Winslet was among 20 guests who escaped unhurt after a fire tore through Richard Branson’s luxury Caribbean home. Winslet helped carry Branson’s 90-year-old mother, Eve, to safety, as the Great House, on Branson’s Necker Island, went up in flames. It was struck by lightning during Tropical Storm Irene.
  • 2015 A vintage aircraft crashed onto a busy road during an airshow display in Shoreham, England, killing 11 spectators. It was the deadliest such accident in Britain since the 1952 Farnborough airshow crash, which killed 31 people.
  • 2018 Thousands of Venezuelans fled to neighbouring countries as their nation’s humanitarian crisis worsened.

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