26 September-Concorde

Concorde is a supersonic passenger airplane which operated from 1976 to 2003. It was capable of flying at over twice the speed of sound (over 2,100kph). Concorde had seating for 100 passengers and could cross the Atlantic in less than half the time of other aircraft.

Concorde was jointly developed and built by aircraft manufacturers in Great Britain and France. The two countries signed a treaty establishing the project on November 29th 1962. The first development Concorde was unveiled in Toulouse on December 11th 1967. The airliner made its ‘faultless’ maiden flight from Toulouse on March 2nd 1969. Nineteen other Concorde were built.

Air France, and British Airways purchased the Concorde aircraft. Because of the sonic boom supersonic flight was limited to ocean crossing. Commercial flights began from London and Paris in 1976 and continued for 27 years. The aircraft was retired in 2003.

Concorde, a supersonic passenger aircraft, made history flying from Washington to Paris in a record 3hrs 32 min in the year 1973 On This Day.

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26 September-Captain Fitzmaurice

Captain James Fitzmaurice, one of Ireland’s greatest aviators, is commemorated with a monument in Portlaoise, Co Laois. He was the co-pilot on the first successful east-west flight across the North Atlantic Ocean in 1928. In Mountmellick town hall a bust of Fitzmaurice was unveiled by his daughter Patricia in 1998. In the same year An Post issued a stamp in his honour.

James Michael Christopher Fitzmaurice was born in Dublin on January 6th 1898. His family moved to Portlaoise in 1902 when he was four years old. Fitzmaurice was educated at Christian Brothers School Portlaoise and later joined the British Army. He was wounded in France during the First World War. Towards the end of the war Fitzmaurice was posted to the School of Military Aeronautics. He served with the Royal Air Force for a number of years, resigning in August 1921.

Fitzmaurice joined the Irish Air Corps in February 1922 shortly after Irish independence. By 1927 he had been promoted to the rank of Commandant. His first attempt to fly across the Atlantic to America ended in failure in 1927. His second attempt was in the German plane, The Bremen, which took off from the Air Corps Base at Baldonnel, Co Dublin on April 12th 1928. The pilot was Captain Kohl and Fitzmaurice was his co-pilot. The owner of the plane, Von Hunfeld was also on board.

Following the first successful transatlantic flight the Bremen landed on Greenly Island, Canada just over 36 hours after take-off from Baldonnel. The successful flight made heroes of the three aviators. They were conferred with the Distinguished Flying Cross by US President Coolidge and were celebrated with a parade in New York City. They were also awarded the Freedom of the City of Dublin.

Captain James Fitzmaurice, co-pilot on the first successful East-West flight across the North Atlantic, died aged 65 in the year 1965 On This Day.

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Captain Fitzmaurice

Fitzmaurice Monument, Portlaoise. Photo: Joe rattigan

Fitzmaurice Monument, Portlaoise.
Photo: Joe Rattigan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24 September-Westlife

Westlife was a hugely successful Irish boyband which was active from 1998 until it disbanded in June 2012. The band consisted of Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily, Shane Filan and Brian McFadden. In 2000, Westlife made popular music history when they became the first band to have six consecutive singles go straight to the top of the UK charts.

Westlife was formed on July 3rd 1998. The band had its first hit with ‘Swear It Again’ in April 1999. In total the band had 14 number one singles in the United Kingdom. Westlife sold over 50 million records worldwide. It is the holder of four Guinness World Records, including the 21st century top-selling album group in the UK.

Westlife was an Irish boyband which made British pop history by becoming the first act to have six consecutive number one singles, in the year 2000 On This Day.

 

 

 

23 September-Nintendo

Nintendo is a video game and electronics company. It was founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi in 1889 to produce and market the playing card game Hanafuda. Today Nintendo is a multinational company which has its headquarters in Kyoto in the Kansai region of Japan.

Nintendo continued to produce playing cards until the 1970’s when it entered the video gaming industry. The company has produced some of the best-known video games in the world. These include Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Pokémon. Nintendo employs over 5,500 people.

Nintendo, a video game and electronics company, was founded in Kyoto, Japan in the year 1889 On This Day.

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Nintendo Gameboy Micro 20th Anniversary Mario Edition

 

 

22 September-National Geographic

National Geographic is a monthly magazine which was first published in 1888. The magazine deals with categories such as Geography, Science, History, Nature and World Cultures. It is the official publication of the National Geographic Society.

The National Geographic Society was founded on January 13th 1888. It is a non-profit scientific and educational organization which has its headquarters in Washington DC, USA. The Society began publishing National Geographic nine months after its foundation. The magazine is published in almost 40 languages around the world. It has a circulation of over 6 million copies per month.

National Geographic, the official publication of the National Geographic Society, was published for the first time in the year 1888 On This Day.

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