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 13 - 50 years ago
The dangerous instability in the North was really taking hold on this day 50 years ago as Catholics and Protestants clashed in vicious street battles. More than 80 police officers were injured in the clashes in Derry which followed the annual Orangemen Apprentice Boys parade.
The trouble flared around Rossville St in the city, which would also hit the headlines three years later on Bloody Sunday.
The Cork Examiner reported on August 13, 1969, that a young couple who gave away their baby girl to a childless couple in exchange for a radiogram, had since sold the radiogram for IR£3.
20 years ago
On this day 20 years ago, it was reported that the Government was to carry out the first shake-up of censorship laws in 50 years.
It was intended to clamp down on all kinds of hardcore pornography. The announcement coincided with the banning of the magazine In Dublin, which had been running adverts for massage parlours.
John McKeown, a self-confessed informer, claimed he had received up to £10,000 from the RUC over 10 years.
He said he had been recruited after being caught with stolen meat from a factory in Newry, Co Down, a decade earlier.
At a press conference held in Sinn Féin’s offices, he was asked if he was afraid of the consequences of his confession, Mr McKeown said: “I am, yes.”
10 years ago
Fastforward to 2009 and, as the economy was collapsing, a liquidator was appointed to one of the country’s leading property developers, Liam Carroll.
The Irish Examiner reported that ACC Bank had moved swiftly to seek repayment of €136m owed to it by two of six firms in Mr Carroll’s Zoe Developments group.
Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe was claiming that changes to the Maths curriculum would address the fact that only one in six students sat higher level in the subject in the Leaving Cert that year.
5 years ago
Five years ago, the world was remembering the troubled comedic genius Robin Williams, who died as a result of an apparent suicide aged 63.
Property developers were still making the headlines at that point, with the Irish Examiner reporting that Cork developer Michael O’Flynn had upped the ante in his battle to retain control of his building empire by revealing he could immediately repay the €16.7m in loans demanded by the company which took over his Nama loans, as well as the remaining €8.2m he owed in personal loans.
On this day 12 months ago, before he was confirmed as President for a second time, this newspaper was reporting that the Public Accounts Committee was considering an examination of the cost of Michael D Higgins’s first term in office amid fears that ongoing questions over the amount of money being spent could overshadow the presidential race.
The summer weather was so much better last year that on this day in 2018, there was talk of getting post vans stocked with bottled water which could be handed out to the elderly in an attempt to negate some of the impact of the ongoing drought.
Meals-on-wheels, prescriptions, and some groceries were also potential new deliveries to be made by postal workers.
Across the world on this day ...
Anglo-Austrian army defeats French and Bavarians, Alfred Hitchcock is born, electric guitar pioneer Les Paul dies, swimmer Michael Phelps breaks 2,168-year-old record.
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