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.
With Brexit brinkmanship in the news and the issue of the Irish border never far away, it’s worth looking back at the front page on this day 50 years ago — a report on violence flaring in Belfast, running battles on the streets and a British prime minister “reluctant” to call in troops.
The Troubles were escalating, with vehicles set on fire and police deploying water cannons to try and restore order. This newspaper reported that the Northern premier, Major James Chichester-Clark, was holding back from imposing a curfew to curb the disturbances. The same man was quoted as being “very reluctant” to ban all marches and parades.
Elsewhere the weather was on the agenda, with uncertainty over the forecast impacting on tourist numbers here, although the front page picture showed a packed beach in Youghal.
Also making the news was that a second box of moon samples was opened, a doctor on board a ferry delivered his own son, and a Bulgarian music teacher wasn’t having a bar of the notion that he might part with his Stradivarius violin, worth about £66,000.
Fast forward to 1999 and another similar theme — doctors protesting at their working conditions. We reported that a protest march was being planned on the Dáil for September that year, with medics airing concerns about poor resources and over-worked staff.
Army officer Danielle Quinlivan from Kanturk made history by taking part in the RDS Dublin Horse Show — the first army female riding officer to do so. Elsewhere, Bank of Scotland was eyeing up a bid for the state-owned ICC Bank, while a man in Dublin was charged with the manslaughter of a garda sergeant who had been set alight the previous month in Tallaght.
Ten years ago, and more bank business — this time banks including AIB and KBC reportedly prepared to give property developer Liam Carroll more money, despite debts of €2.3bn.
That Supreme Court report sat alongside a lead story in which we were told gas bills were set to fall by €100 in October, and three Irish women had a lucky escape after the plane on which they were travelling in Thailand crashed. The main image was of three Thomas Cook staff involved in a sit-in embracing after release from custody.
Five years ago, the front-page image was a sombre one — a member of the Irish Military Living History Group at a First World War commemoration at Camden Fort Meagher in Crosshaven in Co Cork.
We also reported how the government plans to use software to detect welfare fraud would save €510m, and how Smyth’s Toys had begun an internal investigation after one of its stores cleared Israeli-made products from its shelves.
And finally to a year ago, where budget plans were mooted, including a change in tax bands to help the so-called ‘squeezed middle’.
Apart from that, there was sadness and joy: the people of Clare Island in Co Mayo were left devastated after the death of a teenager in a car crash, while Dunnes Stores in Bishopstown in Cork was buzzing following the sale of an €8.3m winning lotto ticket. The image was of Irish hockey international Ayeisha McFerran, named best goalkeeper at the Hockey World Cup.