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 1 - 50 years ago
August 1, 1969 marked the first day since the ‘humble halfpenny’ had ceased to be legal tender in Ireland and the UK, and while halfpennies were unloaded at many banks throughout the country, most of the estimated 30m coins had not been handed in.
Those hoarding the old coin in the hope it would become a collectors’ item in years to come were warned there were too many of the coins about for it to it appreciate any significant value.
In world news, while Pope Paul made headlines by becoming the first modern-day Pontiff to visit Africa, Ted Kennedy returned to his familiar surroundings of the US Senate for the first time following the infamous ‘Chappaquiddick incident’ that claimed the life of 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne.
Entering the Senate, Mr Kennedy ruled out making a presidential bid in 1972.
20 years ago
August 1, 1999, was a Sunday, but the talk of that weekend’s Examiner was money, money, money.
The country, we were told, was set to pour £3bn into businesses by the end of the year — the equivalent of £10,000 on consumer goods and services for every man, woman and child in Ireland.
Retail spending was up by nearly 9% year on year, according to the Central Statistics Office.
And in keeping with the money theme, Hasbro announced it was to hold a Monopoly All-Ireland Championships in Bank of Ireland’s head office in Dublin.
10 years ago
On August 1, 2009, we reported how “Fresh shock waves ripped through Ireland’s beleaguered property sector last night as one of the country’s largest developers was refused protection in the High Court.”
Billionaire Liam Carroll failed to have an examiner appointed to six of his companies as Judge Peter Kelly delivered a damning verdict on proposed survival plans as “fanciful” and “lacking in reality”.
Financial problems were not limited to the property sector, and the High Court was also the scene of a last-minute save for Cork City FC, who struck a deal with Revenue that saw a winding-up order against the club’s holding company formally struck out a week later.
5 years ago
Five years on, and the fallout from the financial crash was still being felt— and opposition to the Government’s tax-generating proposals intensified.
On August 1, 2014, the Irish Examiner reported how the Government was accused of misleading the public, after the energy regulator issued proposals for water charges that would see the average cost of a household with two adults and two children come in at €279.
This was despite promises prior to the May 2014 local elections that water charges would be capped at €240.
A year ago today, we reported on the ongoing CervicalCheck cancer scandal, and the thoughts of the late Emma Mhic Mhathúna, who said Taoiseach Leo Varadkar had been ‘checkmated’ by US cancer screening labs as a result of his statement that the State would settle with women affected then pursue the labs later.
Ms Mhic Mhathúna would die two months later.
Across the world on this day ...
Black day for some, a thriller for others as comets discovered, slaves emancipated, Hitler opens the Olympics, and beef ban is lifted
Roman Emperor Claudius was born. He was proclaimed emperor in AD41 after Caligula was murdered.
Caroline Herschel became the first woman to discover a comet.
The first US census was completed, showing a population of nearly 4m people in 13 states.
France became the first country to use the metric system of weights and measures, a byproduct of the French Revolution.
British fleet under Lord Nelson defeated the French fleet at the Battle of the Nile, thwarting Napoleon’s conquest of the Middle East.
US novelist Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick, born.
An estimated 770,280 slaves gained their freedom as the Slavery Abolition Act came into force throughout the British Empire.
Inventor Andrew S Hallidie successfully tested a cable car he designed for the city of San Francisco.
As the First World War approached, Germany declared war on Russia, shots were fired between French and German border patrols, and Italy declared her neutrality.
The Mars chocolate bar was first manufactured in Slough, England, by Forrest Mars, son of US candy maker Frank C Mars. With a staff of 12 in a rented factory, Mars began making a bar of nougat and caramel covered in milk chocolate, modelled after his father’s Milky Waybar, which was already popular in the US.
Adolf Hitler opened the 11th Olympic Games in Berlin.
Influential French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent was born in Algeria. He died in June 2008, aged 71.
US band leader Glenn Miller recorded what would become his signature tune, ‘In the Mood’.
The 63-day Warsaw uprising began when Poles rose against the Nazi occupation.
The fictional comic book superhero Spider-Man made his first appearance in issue number 15 of Amazing Fantasy, published by Marvel Comics.
The first nuclear-powered submarine designed and built in China entered service.
Motor racing champion Niki Lauda was engulfed by flames when his car crashed during the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring.
Lisa Marie Presley confirmed rumours that she and Michael Jackson had married two months previously.
France recalled its ambassador to Australia after the protests over French nuclear tests.
The ban by the European Union on British beef exports, imposed during the BSE crisis, was officially lifted.
Italian prosecutors charged an Ethiopian man with international terrorism in connection with the failed bomb attacks in London on July 21.He had admitted being part of the botched plot.
Eleven climbers died onK2, the world’s second-highest mountain after an icefall knocked out fixed rope climbers were using to descend from the summit.
Rare Buddhist treasures, not seen for over 70 years, were unearthed in the Gobi Desert. The historic artefacts were buried in the 1930s during Mongolia’s Communist purge when many monasteries were destroyed.
Floods in northeastern China killed more than 100 people and swept 3,000 chemical-filled barrels into the Songhua River.
For the second day in a row, the uprising against President Assad’s government was met with bombing attacks by Syrian forces in the city of Hama, one of the most defiant cities in the early stages of the uprising.
Italy’s supreme court upheld Silvio Berlusconi’s conviction for tax-fraud at the final appeal stage, confirming his one-year jail sentence and a two-year ban from public office. As he was aged over 70, he was exempt from direct imprisonment, and would instead carry out unpaid social community work.
Russia incurred US anger by granting temporary asylum for one year to Edward Snowden, the American who leaked info on US surveillance.It allowed Snowden to leave Moscow airport for the first time since June.
Ukrainian government troops moved into the rebel strongholds of Luhansk and Donetsk. Nato said satellite images showed Russia had sent 1,000 troops into Ukraine, opening a new front in the conflict.
British singer and TV star Cilla Black, who enjoyed a 50-year show business career, died aged 72. Discovered, like the Beatles, at Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club,she had numerous hits before became going on to host popular TV shows such as Blind Date and Surprise Surprise.
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