28 February-M*A*S*H

MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors is an account of a fictional Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean War. It was written by surgeon Hiester Richard Hornberger under the pseudonym Richard Hooker. The novel was published in 1968. It became the basis for the 1970 film MASH and the television series M*A*S*H.

The television series M*A*S*H ran from 1972 to 1983. It was one of the highest-rated shows in United States television history. M*A*S*H was the winner of multiple awards including fourteen Emmy Awards. The series was aired on television stations around the world. In Ireland M*A*S*H was aired on RTÉ2 from 1985 to 1996.

M*A*S*H became the most watched television program in history when the final episode aired in the United States in the year 1983 On This Day.






27 February-British Throne Succession

The line of succession to the throne of England was through the male line for 1,000 years. Known as primogeniture it meant that the first born son was automatically the heir to the throne. The current monarch, Elizabeth II succeeded her father to the throne because she had no brothers and she was the elder of two girls.

In 1998 Britain’s House of Lords agreed to give a monarch’s first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as a first-born son. The change is unlikely to have any immediate impact. Prince Charles has no older sister. His heir, Prince William has no sisters and the eldest child of William is a boy. In 2013, laws which banned anyone in the line of succession to the British throne, from marrying a Roman Catholic were scrapped.

Britain’s House of Lords agreed to end 1000 years of male preference, by giving a first-born daughter of the monarch the same claim to the throne as a first-born son, in the year 1998 On This Day.

Queen Elizabeth II in Ireland 2011



25 February-Joey Dunlop

Joey Dunlop was a native of Northern Ireland. He was a world champion motorcyclist who won the TT (Tourist Trophy) Formula One world title on five consecutive occasions (1982-1986). Dunlop is widely regarded as one of the most popular and most successful motorcyclist racers of all time. He died at the age of 48 while leading a race in Tallinn, Estonia on July 2nd 2000.

William Joseph Dunlop was born in Ballymoney, Co Antrim in 1952. He began racing in 1969 and made his Isle of Man debut in 1976. He went on to win 26 races in total on the Isle of Man. He also won the Ulster Grand Prix 24 times and the North West 200 13 times. In 1986 he was awarded the MBE for his services to motorcycling. He was also awarded and OBE for his humanitarian work in 1996.

Joey Dunlop, world champion motorcyclist from Co Antrim, Northern Ireland was born in the year 1952 On This Day.

Joey Dunlop


24 February-Guantánamo Bay

Guantánamo Bay is located in at the south eastern tip of Cuba. An area measuring 120 square kilometres (45 sq. mi) on the southern part of Guantánamo Bay has been leased by the United States since 1903. Located there are the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

The Spanish–American War ended with the Treaty of Paris in 1898. The United States and Cuba agreed a lease in 1903 which gave the United States permission to use Guantánamo Bay as a naval station. The lease recognises Cuban sovereignty but gives the United States complete jurisdiction over the area.

Guantánamo Bay which is located at the south eastern end of Cuba was leased to the United States in the year 1903 On This Day.

Guantanamo Bay

23 February-Child Benefit

Child Benefit is an allowance paid to the parents or guardians of children and young adults. The payment is means tested in most countries. When it was introduced in Ireland in 1944 it was decided not to means test what was then called the Children’s Allowance. General taxation was increased to fund the new allowance.

Discussion on the introduction of Children’s Allowance in Ireland began in 1939. At the time the population of Ireland was in decline. In other European countries where the population was in decline, a Child Benefit scheme had been introduced. Following almost five years of debate the Children’s Allowances Act was enacted by The Oireachtas in 1944.

Child Benefit, which at first was called Children’s Allowances was introduced in Ireland in the year 1944 On This Day.

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