August 21, 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 21, 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 21 - 50 years ago

By August 21, 1969, the North was not just national news but international news.

As the province descended into the violence which would dog it for decades to come, Ireland appealed directly to the UN to send a peace-keeping force to the North. It was an appeal that fell on deaf ears.

Examiner readers awoke to the news that the UN Security Council had adjourned consideration of Ireland’s request made directly by Minister for External Affairs Patrick Hillery.

Britain had strongly opposed the inclusion of the item on the agenda in the first place.

In what was an “unusual depar ture” from general practice, the 15-nation council heard a statement from Mr Hillery where he appealed for the dispatch of the peacekeeping force.

There was also violence on the streets of Prague as the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia began.

“The thud of percussion grenades, tear-gas bombs and one stage, what sounded like shots, were heard in Jungamanover Street, which joins Narodny Street, in Prague, as demonstrators clashed with police,” said The Cork Examiner front page.

20 years ago

The aftermath of a major earthquake in Turkey was still dominating the front page of The Examiner on this day in 1999. With a total of 9,000 dead, authorities feared as many as 35,000 were still trapped in the rubble remains of thousands of homes destroyed in the disaster.

Closer to home, it was revealed the demand for the morning-after pill among teenagers had increased 70% in the previous 12 months.

10 years ago

On August 21, 2009, the front page of the Irish Examiner was graced with the figure of the fastest human being to have ever lived — Usain Bolt.

The Jamaican is pictured straining every sinew on his way to breaking his own 200m world record at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin. Just the previous night, he broke his own 100m world record. The records stand to this day.

In Cork, we learned six men who worked on the Haulbowline Irish steel clean up were seeking substantial damages over claims that they were contaminated by toxic chemicals as a result of flawed safety measures at the site.

5 years ago

On this day in 2014, the ice bucket challenge was in full swing. The latest celebrity participant was RTÉ’s Sharon Ní Bheoláin.

Elsewhere, it emerged of draft legislation which would only allow the Garda ombudsman to investigate the Garda Commissioner if it was agreed to by the minister for justice. The ability to investigate the police boss was cited as one of the biggest expansions in the power of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission following the raft of controversies enveloping the gardaí and the justice system.

Last year

On August 21 last year, the Irish Examiner front page led with claims the identities of around 1,000 Irish Catholic clergy against whom credible allegations of child sexual abuse have been made are being kept secret under laws and practices that continue to hurt victims and endanger children.

A Boston-based group established following revelations of abuse and coverups in the city in the early 2000s, delivered the warning while publishing the first database of clergy convicted of abuse in Ireland.

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