06 November-Johnny Giles

Johnny Giles is a native of Dublin. He is a former Irish international football player who played with distinction for his country. He acted as player-manager of Republic of Ireland national football team from 1973 to 1980. Giles played most of his club football in England.

Michael John Giles was born in Dublin in 1940. Born into a footballing family he played for Dublin club Stella Maris as a youth. At the age of sixteen he moved to England where he began his playing career with Manchester United. Giles remained with Manchester United until 1963, making 99 appearances for the club and scoring 10 goals.

In 1963 Johnny Giles transferred to Leeds United. During the following 12 years he made 383 appearances with the club and scored 88 goals. From 1975 until his retirement in 1983 Giles played successively for West Bromwich Albion, Philadelphia Fury and Shamrock Rovers.

Giles made his first appearance for the Republic of Ireland at the age of 18 in 1959. He went on to make 59 appearances for his country and scored five goals. Giles also served as manager of the Republic of Ireland national team and several professional football clubs. He has worked as a sports journalist and as a successful television football pundit.

Johnny Giles, former Irish international football player, was born in Dublin in the year 1940 On This Day.

07 July-Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr is a native of England. He is a drummer, singer, songwriter and actor who was the drummer of the world famous rock group the Beatles. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a Beatle in 1988. In 1998 he was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame.

Ringo Starr was born Richard Starkey in Dingle Liverpool in 1940. Interested in music from a young age he co-founded his first band at the age of 17. In 1962 he replaced Pete Best as drummer with the Beatles. As well as playing the drums Starr also sang songs such as ‘With a Little Help from My Friends’. Sometimes wrote songs for the group such as ‘Octopus’s Garden’.

Ringo Starr was born in the year 1940 On This Day.

Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr

 

 

19 January-Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport is located in Collinstown 10km north of Dublin city Ireland. It is the busiest international airport on the island of Ireland catering for almost 30 million passengers annually. Dublin Airport is served by over forty airlines including Aer Lingus and Ryanair. The airport caters for short, medium haul and intercontinental flights.

A military airbase was built at Collinstown during World War 1. Work on the development of a civil airport began at Collinstown in 1937. The work was completed two years later and the first flight from the airport took off, bound for Liverpool England. Since that flight over 400 million passengers have passed through Dublin Airport.

Dublin Airport officially opened with a 9:00am flight to Liverpool in the year 1940 On This Day.

Dublin Airport

 

 

 

12 September-Lascaux Cave

Lascaux cave, famous for its Paleolithic cave paintings, is located the near the village of Montignac in Dordogne in southwestern France. The paintings in the cave were discovered in 1940. Lascaux cave became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.

The Lascaux cave was discovered by 18 year old local, Marcel Ravidat. He followed his dog through a narrow passage which led into the cave. The cave, which was later studied by archaeologists, has a main cavern is 2m high by 20m wide. The cave walls are decorated with nearly 2,000 figures, 600 of which are painted and drawn animals. The decorations are 15,000 to 17,000 years old

The cave was opened to the public in 1948 and attracted over 1,000 visitors per day. However it was closed in 1963 due to damage caused by artificial lighting and the carbon dioxide produced by the breathing of the visitors. A replica of the cave, known as Lascaux II was built a short distance away from the original. It was opened in 1983 and is a major tourist attraction.

Lascaux cave was discovered by Marcel Ravidat in the year 1940 On This Day.

Lascaux cave painting by goforchris on 2011-05-25 10:01:15

Lascaux II by JackVersloot on 2008-05-01 16:25:30

26 August-Campile Co Wexford Bombed by Luftwaffe

The village of Campile lies about 14 km to the South of New Ross in Co Wexford, Ireland. The German Luftwaffe bombed Campile during World War II. The bombing killed three people, injured several others and caused widespread destruction. Campile, which today has a population of around 350, became the first place in Ireland to be bombed by the Luftwaffe.

Around lunchtime on the day of the bombing two aircraft were seen flying in over Carnsore Point, Co Wexford. The planes then travelled west following the railway line from Rosslare to Waterford. One plane turned south and dropped a bomb in a field but the other plane continued on to Campile. Shortly before 2pm the plane dropped three bombs. One bomb hit the railway line, damaging it severely. A second bomb hit the creamery and restaurant of the local Shelburne Co-op. Another bomb landed on a grain store close to petrol pumps but did not explode.

The people working in the Co-op had just finished lunch and left the restaurant. The restaurant manager Mary Kent and her assistants Kitty Kent and Kathleen Hurley, who were still in the restaurant when the bombs hit, were killed. Several people in the locality were injured and the Co-op was destroyed. There was widespread damage to other properties in the village. The German ambassador, who was escorted by military and civil police, attended the funerals of the three victims.

After the bombing it was suggested that the Co-op had been targeted because it supplied food items, including butter, to Britain. It was also suggested that the pilots had mistaken the coast of Wexford for Pembroke in Wales or that the pilots had jettisoned the bombs in order to save fuel on the return journey to Germany. The German government eventually accepted responsibility for the incident and paid compensation of £9,000 in March 1943.

On August 28th 2010 a Memorial Garden was unveiled in Campile in memory of the three victims of the bombing. Some survivors of the incident attended the event.

The terror, death and destruction of the Second World came to the village of Campile in the year 1940 On This Day.

Luftwaffe by nim on 2006-06-24 01:47:33

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