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.
50 years ago
Ted Kennedy, brother of assassinated US president John F Kennedy, featured on the front page of the Cork Examiner 50 years ago today and, coincidentally, on the same August 28 date 40 years later.
Death is the theme of both reports: In 1969 it was the tragic death of Mary Jo Kopechne, an American teacher, secretary, and political campaign specialist who died on Chappaquiddick Island on July 18, while she was a passenger in a car being driven by US senator Ted Kennedy.
The senator, who was attending the same party as Kopechne, had offered her a lift to catch the last ferry home but drove his car off a narrow bridge en route. Kopechne died but Kennedy managed to extricate himself from the vehicle.
He failed to inform authorities until the next day and a week after the incident, pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident after causing injury. He received a two-month suspended sentence. The incident did not scupper his political career, but it certainly marred his legacy..
The Irish Examiner report of 1969 notes the comments of a Judge saying Kennedy would be expected to attend the Kopechne Inquest “even if he has to be subpoenaed”.
A spokesperson for Kennedy said he would certainly attend. Forty years later, Kennedy was again making front page news. The front page of the Irish Examiner shows Kennedy’s coffin being carried to the library in Boston named after his more famous brother, where he would lie in repose for two days.
Among the mourners was 86-year-old Trudy Murray, originally from Ireland, quoted as saying she “loved Ted Kennedy” and that while he made his mistakes, she did not want to hear them mentioned.
“I forgive all of them because he was such a good man,” she said.
The North was once again the lead story for the Cork Examiner 50 years ago today, on foot of a visit by British Home Secretary James Callaghan, where talk about the border was just as lively as it is today. The border would stay as long as British parliament and people of the North wished it to remain, he said.
The writer was clearly impressed by O’Callaghan, noting that his “well known charm” had helped still a number of sectarian fears.
This light-hearted account was a far cry from headlines in the Examiner a decade later, when a “Massacre by remote control” told of the deaths of 15 British soldiers on foot of a bomb detonated by the Provisional IRA at Warrenpoint, Co Down. The half-ton bomb went off at the side of the road. A second bomb went off as an army helicopter arrived to help the injured.
The entire front page was given over to the Troubles on August 28, 1969, with then taoiseach Jack Lynch roundly condemning the killing of Louis Mountbatten, his grandson and Irish teenager Paul Maxell. He pledged no effort would be spared to bring the killers to justice.
Farmers made the front page 20 years ago, involving a €100m battle with the government over milk quotas compensation. The then National Safety Council was also at war with a website that listed garda speed traps in a bid to warn motorists. More than 13,000 people logged on to the site.
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Across the world on this day
Coins worth three-millionths of a penny and bank mergers worth $10bn
■ 430AD: St Augustine of Hippo died in Hippo, now Annaba, Algeria.
■ 1619: Ferdinand II was elected Holy Roman Emperor. During his reign the Thirty Years War engulfed the empire as a result of Ferdinand’s attempts to eradicate protestantism.
■ 1749: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet, dramatist, novelist, and scientist, born. His works include The Sorrows of Young Werther and Faust.
■ 1988: Three jets from an Italian air force display team collided in mid-air at an air show at Ramstein, West Germany; 33 spectators were killed after one plane crashed into the crowd.
■ 1990: The Iraqi government declared occupied Kuwait the 19th province of Iraq, renamed Kuwait City Kadhima and created a new district named after President Saddam Hussein.
■ 1994: Russia withdrew the kopek, a coin worth a hundredth of a rouble, or threemillionths of one penny.
■ 1995: Chase Manhattan and Chemical Bank announced a $10bn merger deal, creating the biggest bank in the US.
■ 1996: The calamitous 15-year marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, launched amidst pomp and pageantry in 1981, ended with a rubber-stamp divorce.
■ 1998: Japan’s Nikkei index fell to a 12-year low and equity markets worldwide slumped in response to financial turmoil in Russia and fears of its impact in Latin America.
■ 1999: Former Dutch soccer star Ruud Gullit resigned as manager of Newcastle United FC after a disastrous start to the Premiership season which saw the club take just one point from its first five games.
■ 2000: The International Olympic Commission approved a combined blood urine test for EPO, a synthetic hormone that stimulates the production of oxygen bearing red blood cells, and improves aerobic performance in endurance sports.
■ 2001: Israeli forces launched incursions into Palestinian-controlled areas in the West Bank and Gaza following unrest after the killing of a Palestinian leader during an Israeli rocket attack.
■ 2003: A representative of North Korea said the Communist state would prove that it had nuclear weapons by conducting a nuclear test. The comments came during a summit involving representatives from Japan, Russia, China, South Korea, and the US, at which it had been hoped that North Korea would drop its nuclear plans in return for food and other aid.
■ 2003: British prime minister Tony Blair testified at the investigation into the suicide of Iraq expert David Kelly that the British government had not “sexed up” a dossier on Iraq’s supposed weapons of mass destruction.
■2004: The Vatican returned a valuable icon, Our Lady of Kazan, to the Russian Orthodox Church. It vanished during the Russian Revolution and had hung in the pope’s private chapel since the 1970s.
■ 2006: Multiple explosions over a 24- hour period killed three people and injured 45 others in the Turkish cities of Antalya, Marmaris and Istanbul. The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, a militant group with links to the banned PKK, claimed responsibility for the blasts.
■ 2008: Barack Obama moved one step closer to the White House when he accepted the Democratic presidential nomination at the party’s national convention in Denver, Colorado.
■ 2009: The Los Angeles County coroner ruled that Michael Jackson’s death was a homicide caused by acute intoxication from the drug propofol. The decision fuelled speculation that Jackson’s personal physician, Conrad Murray, could be charged with manslaughter.
■ 2009: Iceland’s parliament voted in favour of repaying more than $5bn owed to the governments of the UK and the Netherlands as a result of the collapse of the Icesave online bank.
■ 2009: California woman Jaycee Lee Dugard, 29, was reunited with her family 18 years after being kidnapped at age 11 by a convicted sex offender who kept her captive and fathered her two children.
■ 2014: The UN said that more than three million Syrians were now registered as refugees, with a further 6.5m displaced within the country’s borders.