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On This Day…06.12

By ATWadmin On December 6th, 2006

1492 – Christopher Columbus discovers Haiti.

1877 – The world’s first recording of the human voice is heard when the inventor of the phonograph, Thomas Edison, recites ‘Mary Had A Little Lamb’ and plays it back.

1921 – The Irish Free State, comprising four-fifths of the island of Ireland, is declared, ending five years of violent demand for separation from the remainder of the United Kingdom.  

1963 – Christine Keeler, one of the models named in the scandal involving British Secretary of State for War John Profumo, is jailed for 9 months for perjury arising from the trial of an ex-boyfriend.

1982 – An IRA terrorist bomb kills 16 and injures a further 60 at the Droppin’ Well disco in Ballykelly, Co Londonderry.

1988 – Death of American singing legend Roy Orbison.

12 Responses to “On This Day…06.12”

  1. >>1921 – The Irish Free State, comprising four-fifths of the island of Ireland, is declared, ending five years of violent demand for separation ..<<

    And starting 70 more.

    >>1982 – An IRA terrorist bomb kills 16 and injures a further 60 at the Droppin’ Well disco in Ballykelly, Co Londonderry.<<

    This wasn’t the IRA, it was the Spacers.

  2. ‘1921 – The Irish Free State, comprising four-fifths of the island of Ireland, is declared, ending five years of violent demand for separation from the remainder of the United Kingdom.’

    Ending 700 (in the 4/5’s) years of violent refusal.

  3. I was in Ballykelly yesterday – RIP.
    We should not forget these people.

  4. Well said Mad,

    A disgusting act of terrorism

  5. Smcgiff

    You’ve the British to thank for achieving what the people of the island of Ireland had not achieved before and will not achieve hereafter – the constitutional unity of the territory.

  6. "This wasn’t the IRA, it was the Spacers"

    it was bloody catholics, no matter what initials they decided to use.

  7. Does it matter what religion the were. Can you not despise the act because of the act itself.

  8. >> Does it matter what religion the were. Can you not despise the act because of the act itself.<<

    What im getting at here is that, if your mentioning their religion then its an attempt to blame all those in that religion and thats wrong.

  9. I agree Kloot.

    It was done by physical force republicans – the bomb was planted by the INLA but it was lauded by SF/IRA – who, let us not forget, commemorate and honour INLA members.

  10. Horrible horrible

    RIP

  11. jaun – im an english (lapsed!) catholic and fwiw ive always been wholesale genuine angry and embarrassed by the actions of the ira associated with catholicism (and any other political use of the same).

    re the atrocities mentioned – RIP indeed.

  12. I echo aileen’s sentiments – a terrible atrocity that served no purpose other than to slaughter. It may not have been the IRA that did this, but they would have .

    It’s a pity jaun had to inject a stupid bit of unnecessary religous bigotry in his comment.