1742: The first public performance of Handel’s Messiah in Dublin.
1829: The British Parliament passed the Catholic Emancipation Act, lifting restrictions imposed on Catholics at the time of Henry VIII.
1919: Amritsar Massacre in the Punjab, India; British troops fired into a crowd of 10,000, 379 people were killed and 1,200 wounded.
1964: Sidney Poitier became the first black man to win an Oscar.
1986: Pope John Paul II visited a synagogue in Rome in the first recorded papal visit of its kind.
1990: Soviet Union admitted the massacre of up to 15,000 Polish officers at Katyn, Soviet Union 1940.
1997: Tiger Woods became the youngest person to win the Masters Tournament aged 21.
The men convicted of the manslaughter of garda Jerry McCabe issued a statement expressing regret of the death of Mr McCabe and the wounding of garda Ben O’Sullivan. In a statement they said: “we deeply regret and apologise for this and the hurt and grief we have caused to their families. There was never any intent to attack any members of the Garda Síochána”. The four also said that they are “qualifying IRA prisoners under the Good Friday Agreement” adding, “this has been confirmed by the High Court and the Supreme Court”. Kevin Walsh, Pearse McAuley, Jeremiah Sheehy and Michael O’Neill said they did not want their release to be part of any further negotiations with the Irish government.
Edward Fox, actor, 69; Al Green, soul singer, 60; Peabo Bryson, singer, 55; Peter Davison, actor, 55; Jonjo O’Neill, racehorse trainer, 54; Gary Kasparov, former chess champion, 43; Rick Schroder, actor, 36; Lou Bega, singer, 31.