28 January-Abortion

Abortion is the termination of pregnancy. It can occur spontaneously or be induced. Induced abortion is usually referred to as abortion. It is estimated the over 50 million abortions are performed annually around the world and almost half of those are performed in an unsafe manner.

References to abortions being performed date back to ancient civilisations in various parts of the world. The procedure involved the use of abortifacient herbs and a range of implements and techniques. During the 19th century countries began to introduce laws banning abortions

Though abortion was technically legalised in the USSR in 1919, doctors were under instruction to discourage the procedure. The legislation was changed in 1936 to introduce a more restrictive regime. In 1935 Iceland became the first country to legalise abortion. Several other countries subsequently introduced similar legislation. However, in some countries abortion is still illegal.

Iceland became the first country to legalise abortion in the year 1935 On This Day.



08 January-Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley, musician and actor, is often referred to as The King of Rock and Roll. He was a native of Mississippi, USA. He was of Irish (Co Carlow), Scottish, Cherokee and German ancestry. From humble beginnings Elvis Presley became one of the biggest names in Rock and Roll. Though he died at the age of 42 on August 16th 1977, he remains one of the most popular music icons in the world.

Elvis Aaron Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, USA in 1935. He was educated locally and was given his first guitar at the age of 10. When he was thirteen years old his family moved to Memphis Tennessee where he graduated from High School in 1953. Elvis made his first recording at the age of 19 in 1954 but his first number 1 hit in the US was with ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ in 1956.

During the following years his recordings and television appearances made Presley enormously popular. With 18 number 1 singles and sales estimated at one billion records, he is the best-selling solo performer in the history of recorded music. He won three Grammy Awards during his lifetime and was one of the first performers to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu in 1967. They had one daughter, Lisa Marie, who was born in 1968.

Elvis Presley was born in the year 1935 On This Day.

Elvis Presley


22 October-Edward Carson

Edward Carson, who was born in Dublin, was a barrister and unionist politician who campaigned against Home Rule for Ireland. He served as a Liberal Unionist MP for Trinity College Dublin from 1892 to 1918 and held several government positions. Carson is regarded by many as the creator of Northern Ireland

Edward Henry Carson was born in Dublin on February 9th 1854. He was educated at Arlington House, Portarlington, Co Laois and at Wesley College Dublin. He studied law at Trinity College Dublin where he was a member of the college hurley team. He was also a leading member of the College Historical Society. Carson graduated from Trinity College in 1878 and went on to study law at the King’s Inns in Dublin. After graduation he was called to the bar and became one of Ireland’s leading barristers.

Though he disliked ‘the culture of Orangeism’ Carson was opposed to Home Rule for Ireland. He became leader of the Ulster Unionist Party in 1910 and was the first signatory of the Ulster Covenant on September 28th 1912. Carson opposed the Anglo Irish Treaty but refused to stay as leader of the Ulster Unionist Party and become the first Prime Minister of Northern Ireland.

In a speech opposing the Treaty in 1921 he said: “What a fool I was! I was only a puppet, and so was Ulster, and so was Ireland, in the political game that was to get the Conservative Party into Power.” In later life Carson is reported to have expressed his disillusionment with Belfast politics. He was created a life peer in 1921 and retired in 1929.

Edward Carson died at the age of 81 at his home at Isle of Thanet, Kent in the year 1935 On This Day.

Edward Carson by ReflectedSerendipity on 2008-08-19 15:58:59