19 January-Dennis Taylor

Dennis Taylor is a world champion snooker player who is a native of Northern Ireland. During the 1980’s he became one of the best known snooker players in the game. When playing Taylor wore glasses which had large frames and were ‘upside-down’ in appearance.

Dennis Taylor was born in Caolisland, Co Tyrone in 1949. Interested in snooker from a young age he became local champion at the age of 14. Taylor later moved to England where he turned professional in 1972. In 1984 he reached the semi-final of the World Championships. He became world champion in 1985 when he beat Steve Davis, the world number one, on the black ball. The game attracted a reported 18 million viewers.

Dennis Taylor, who was the winner of the 1985 Snooker World Championship, was born in the year 1949 On This Day.

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John Dempsey’s flickr account

Memories of 1985





27 December-Indonesia

Indonesia, with a population of over 250 million is the fourth most populous country in the world. It is an archipelago of 18,110 islands off the coast of Southeast Asia, between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Formerly known as the Dutch East Indies it became an independent country in 1949.

The Portuguese were the first to trade with the people of Indonesia in the early 1500’s. However the area was first colonised by the Dutch in 1602. Indonesia remained under Dutch control for over 300 years. Following occupation by the Japanese during World War II, Indonesia began a four year struggle for independence.

Indonesia was granted independence by Queen Juliana of the Netherlands following 300 years of Dutch rule in the year 1949 On This Day.


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24 October-United Nations Headquarters

The United Nations (UN) is an international organisation which has its headquarters in New York, USA. The headquarters was officially opened on January 9th 1951. The UN was established in October 1945. World War II had just ended and the UN was established to prevent another such conflict.

The headquarters building of the United Nations was designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. Located in the borough of Manhattan, construction began in 1948 and the building was completed in 1952. The site and buildings are extraterritorial under a treaty agreement between the Government of the United States and the United Nations.

The cornerstone of the United Nations Building in New York City, USA was laid in the year 1949 On This Day.

United Nations headquarters



08 October-Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver is an actor and film producer who is a native of the United States. She is best known for her roles in films such as ‘Alien’, ‘Ghostbusters’ and Gorillas in the Mist. The recipient of several awards she has appeared in over 60 films during her career to date.

Sigourney Weaver was born Susan Alexandra Weaver in New York in 1949. She graduated with a B.A. degree in English from Stanford University in 1972. In 1974 she was awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree by the Yale University School of Drama.

Weaver made her first appearance in a minor role in the film, Annie Hall in 1977. Two years later she achieved fame as Ellen Ripley in the film Alien. Since then she has appeared in films such as Ghostbusters, The Girl in the Park and Avatar. She has been nominated for an Academy Award on three occasions and has won two Golden Globe Awards.

Sigourney Weaver, actress and producer who starred in films such as Alien and Avatar, was born in the year 1949 On This Day.

Sigourney Weaver


19 March-Richie Kavanagh

Richie Kavanagh is an award winning entertainer from Carlow, Ireland. In 2011 at the age of 61 he announced in an interview with Sue Nunn of KCLR (Kilkenny & Carlow Local Radio) that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Despite the announcement Kavanagh continues to perform and launched his latest album, ‘My Girlfriend Has New iPhone’, in September 2015.

Richie Kavanagh was born in Raheenwood, Fenagh, Co Carlow, Ireland in 1949. He had his first hit with ‘Aon Focal Eile’ (One More Word). The song, which was first played on local radio, became a national runaway hit when the late Gerry Ryan began playing it on his morning show on RTE radio. It reached Number One in 1996 and stayed in the charts for 27 weeks. The song, which earned Richie an Irish Recorded Music Award (IRMA) caused some controversy and was banned by some of the BBC radio stations.

Kavanagh has gone on to have hits with songs such as ‘Mickey’s Buckin’ Ass’, ‘Me Girlfriends Pussy Cat’ and ‘If I didn’t get a Ride’. He also writes and records songs which celebrate the heritage of his native Carlow. Today Kavanagh is still writing, recording and playing to packed venues in Ireland, England, America and Monte Carlo. He has said that being diagnosed with Parkinson’s has made him determined to make the most of his life and that as long as his voice holds up he will continue to perform. His latest album My Girlfriend Has New iPhone was released at the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska Co Laois in September 2015.

Richie Kavanagh was born in the year 1949 On This Day.

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