12 October-Brendan Bowyer

Waterford born singer Brendan Bowyer began his career with the Royal Showband in 1957. He had five number one hits In Ireland. The Royal Showband which was managed by T J Byrne from Carlow had a brief change of name to the Waterford Showband in 1960. The change occurred for an appearance at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London because two members of the British royal family were in attendance. By 1962 Brendan Bowyer and the Royal Showband were so successful that The Beatles were the supporting act for them at the Liverpool Empire Theatre. On the poster advertising the concert The Beatles were called ‘Liverpool’s own beat group’. With the Royal Showband Bowyer’s most successful hit came in 1965 with ‘The Hucklebuck’. Brendan Bowyer left the Royal Showband in 1971 and moved Las Vegas Nevada with his new band The Big Eight. Though he continues to make appearances in Ireland Bowyer is now based in the US. Brendan Bowyer was born in Waterford in the year 1938 On This Day

Waterford photo


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09 October-John Lennon

John Lennon was a musician, singer and songwriter. He became world famous as one of the founders of The Beatles. The band became one of the most commercially successful in music history. The Beatles disbanded in 1970 and Lennon pursued a solo career. He was murdered in New York shortly after the release of the album Double Fantasy in 1980. John Lennon who was of Irish ancestry was born in Liverpool in the year 1940 On This Day

John Lennon photo

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05 October-President Nixon visits Timahoe

Hodgestown, Timahoe Co Kildare became the centre of attention when US President Nixon came to visit in October 1970. His maternal ancestors left Ireland and settled in Pennsylvania in 1729.The Nixon family had always been aware of the Timahoe connection and his aunt Rose visited Timahoe in 1952. Nixon had taken up office in January 1969 as the 37th President of the USA and it is said that he immediately began to plan a visit to Ireland in order to secure the Irish vote for his re-election. In Timahoe Nixon and his wife Pat were greeted by a crowd of about 1,000 people, were entertained by the Artane Boys Band and the President unveiled a monument. His wife Pat Nixon (nee Ryan) had visited her relatives in Robeen near Ballinrobe in County Mayo on the previous day. Predident Richard Milhous Nixon visited his ancestral home near Timahoe Co Kildare in the year 1970 On This Day.

President Nixon photo



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04 October-Sputnik 1

The first artificial Earth Satellite was Sputnik 1. A polished metal sphere with a diameter of 58 cm. it had four radio antennae attached which broadcast radio pulses during orbit. During its time in orbit Sputnik 1 was visible in the night sky travelling at a speed of 8 km/s. Sputnik 1 was launched into orbit by the Soviet Union in the year 1957 On This Day

Sputnik 1 photo

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01 October-Model T

The Model T Ford is generally regarded as the first car to be affordable for a majority of Americans. It made relatively cheap travel possible for a person on average income. Henry Ford successfully introduced the idea of assembly line production and developed it to the stage that it took only 93 minutes to assemble a car. In 1927 the 15 millionth Model T was driven off the assembly line at the Ford factory in Highland Park, Michigan. Henry Ford began production of the Model T in the year 1908 On This Day

Model T photo


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