19 February-Phil Coulter

Phil Coulter is a native of Derry Northern Ireland. He is an award winning musician, songwriter and record producer. His music genres include folk, pop and traditional Irish. To date Coulter has 23 platinum records. His awards include a Grammy nomination and five Ivor Novello Awards including Songwriter of the Year in 1975.

Phil Coulter was born in Derry in 1942. He was educated at St. Columb’s College in the city. He later studied Music and French at the Queen’s University of Belfast where he formed his first band. During his career his hit compositions include ‘Walking the Streets in the Rain’, ‘Puppet on a String’, ‘Congratulations’, ‘Saturday Night’ and ‘My Boy’. Coulter composed ‘Ireland’s Call’ in 1995.

Phil Coulter, award winning musician and composer of songs such as ‘Ireland’s Call’ was born in the year 1942 On This Day.

Phil Coulter (seated) Listens To Liam O’Maonlai




20 November-Joe Biden

Joe Biden was the 47th Vice President of the United States of America. He served for two terms from 2009 to 2017. A lawyer by profession, Biden served as US Senator for Delaware from 1973 to 2009. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom with distinction in 2017.

Joseph Robinette Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania in 1942. He worked for time as an attorney before becoming involved in politics. In 1972 Biden was elected United States Senator from Delaware. When he resigned from the Senate in 2009 he had become the longest-serving senator in Delaware history.

Barack Obama chose Biden as his running mate in the 2008 Presidential election. They won the election and Biden became the first person from Delaware and the first Roman Catholic, to serve as Vice President of the United States. Following President Obama re-election as President in 2012 Biden earned a second term as Vice President.

Joe Biden, 47th President of the United States of America was born in the year 1942 On This Day.

Joe Biden




29 November-Ann Dunham

Ann Dunham was an anthropologist who was the mother of Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States of America. As an undergraduate student at the University of Hawaii she met and married Barack H. Obama, Sr. He was a native of Kenya who was a student at the University on a college scholarship. Their son Barack Hussein Obama was born on August 4th 1961.

Shortly after his son’s birth Obama Sr. was awarded a scholarship to study for a PhD at Harvard University. He moved to Harvard and Ann Dunham raised their son and continued her studies. She was awarded a BA in anthropology by the University of Hawaii on August 6th 1967. She later studied abroad, particularly in Indonesia where she helped establish a micro-finance programme for small business. She performed doctoral research in Indonesia and was awarded a PhD in anthropology on August 9th 1992. She died at the age of 52 on November 7th

Ann Dunham was born in the year 1942 On This Day.

Ann Dunham (Barack Obama’s Mother) Field Notes by Raymond June on 2012-01-06 19:00:22

Barack Obama with his mother in Hawaii. by U.S. Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia on 2011-11-11 13:31:32

Right-to-left: Barack Obama and Maya Soetoro with their mother Ann and maternal grandfather Stanley Dunham in Hawaii (early 1970s) by U.S. Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia on 2011-11-11 13:32:35

27 November-Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix was a musician singer and songwriter who was a native of Washington State, USA. Though he had a short career he became one of the most influential musicians in the history of Rock Music. His innovative guitar playing was a feature of his exciting performances.

Johnny Allen Hendrix was born in Seattle, Washington in November 1942. He was of Irish, African American and Cherokee ancestry. He began playing the guitar at the age of 15. By the time he appeared at the Woodstock Festival in 1969 Hendrix was the highest paid performer in the world. ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ was one of his most memorable performances was at Woodstock. Hendrix was the headline performer at the Isle of Wight Festival in England in 1970. He died at the age of 27 in Kensington, London on September 18th 1970.

Jimi Hendrix was born in the year 1942 On This Day.

HENDRIX 65 by danorth1 on 2007-11-27 17:45:44

18 June-Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney is a renowned singer-songwriter, musician and composer. He is a former member of the world famous rock group the Beatles. McCartney is one of the most popular solo performers of all time.

James Paul McCartney, was born in Liverpool, England in 1942. He was interested in music from an early age. His father, who was a part-time musician encouraged him to try out several instruments. McCartney’s mother Mary was a nurse who died when he was 14 years old.

McCartney met John Lennon at a church festival in Liverpool where they were both performing. Shortly thereafter he joined Lennon’s band, The Quarrymen. They became the band’s songwriters. Together they went on to become one of the most celebrated song-writing partnerships of the 20th century. The Quarrymen would eventually become the Beatles in August 1960 and would be joined by George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.

When the Beatles disbanded in 1970 McCartney initially pursued a solo career before forming the Wings in 1971. During the 1970’s The Wings had several hits and won two Grammy Awards before disbanding in 1981. McCartney continued to compose play and record new music and during the following years collaborated with several other artists and musicians.

Paul McCartney, recognised as one of the most successful performers and composers of all time, continues to tour and perform. He has indicated that he does not intend to retire. He has been the recipient of multiple awards and was knighted for his services to music in 1997.

Sir James Paul McCartney MBE was born in the year 1942 On This Day.

Paul McCartney photo

Paul McCartney

Photo by slagheap

Paul McCartney photo

November 8th 1963 in Dublin

Photo by National Library of Ireland on The Commons