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On This Day…

By ATWadmin On November 13th, 2006

1687 – Death of Nell Gwynn, mistress of King Charles II.

1887 – ‘Bloody Sunday’ in London, when violence erupts in Trafalgar Square at a socialist rally attended by Irish agitators.

1916 – End of the Battle of Somme in which 400,000 British troops were killed or injured.

1930 – Discovery of the planet Pluto.

1936 – Edward VIII tells British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin he intends to marry American divorcee Mrs Wallis Simpson.

1941 – Birth of American singer/songwriting legend Paul Simon.

4 Responses to “On This Day…”

  1. "1887 – ‘Bloody Sunday’ in London, when violence erupts in Trafalgar Square at a socialist rally attended by Irish agitators."

    Sigh….Those were the days! Memories of the old "Reading the Riot Act", and other glories long past!!

  2. In fairness Andrew there were more than a few Irishmen involved in the Battle of the Somme. SF et al might like to ignore their sacrifice but I don’t. Neither should you.

  3. SBK

    I am well aware of their sacrifice. At the time of the Somme they were classed as British soldiers as the Irish State had not been founded.

  4. >>I am well aware of their sacrifice. At the time of the Somme they were classed as British soldiers as the Irish State had not been founded.<<

    They might have been, but what is important that the majority of what was the IVF joined the British army to show solidarity. These were irish nationalists, commited to home rule and yet they still fought alongside their fellow irishmen from ulster.