04 February-Facebook

Facebook is a social networking site. It was launched in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg together with four fellow students at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The site rapidly became very popular. By 2016 Facebook had over 1.6 billion monthly active users.

Facebook now has its headquarters in Menlo, California. It is a global company which has its European headquarters in Dublin where it employs over 1,600 people. Facebook began operations in Dublin in 2008 with just 30 employees.

Facebook was launched in the year 2004 On This Day.

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26 December-Indian Ocean Earthquake 2004

The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was of magnitude 9.2 on the Richter Scale. It was the third largest earthquake ever recorded on a seismograph. The epicentre of the earthquake was located in the Indian Ocean at a depth of 30km, near the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia.

Because of the earthquake, a tsunami radiated across the Indian Ocean. It is reported that at least 230,000 people in fourteen countries, including Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand and India, lost their lives in the tsunami. Waves up to 30m high travelled at speeds of up to 800km/h across the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal. In some areas the waves travelled up to 2km inland. The tsunami caused the greatest amount of destruction in Indonesia, most particularly in the province of Aceh.

The impact of the tsunami occurred several hours after the earthquake. Despite this people in almost all the areas affected were taken completely by surprise. This was because there was no adequate warning system in place. The Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System was established following the disaster. Many of the coastal areas which were destroyed in the tsunami have been rebuilt.

The Indian Ocean Earthquake and resultant tsunami occurred in the year 2004 On This Day.

Tsunami photo

Tsunami 2004: Aceh, Indonesia by RNW.org

Photo by RNW.org

 

 

10 October-Christopher Reeve

Actor Christopher Reeve is probably best remembered for his portrayal of comic book hero Superman. He was also a film producer and director. On May 27th 1995 Reeve became a quadriplegic following a fall from his horse. He had to use a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

Christopher D’Olier Reeve was born in New York City on September 25th 1952. At school he was an excellent student who excelled at athletics and also onstage. He graduated from Cornell University and the Juilliard School in New York in 1974. Reeve played various roles in theatre and on television before becoming famous as the star of Superman. He also starred in films such as Remains of the Day (1993) and Village of the Damned (1995).

Following his riding accident Reeves became a quadriplegic and needed a respirator to assist his breathing. Following rehabilitation he continued to work in the film industry. He acted in the Rear Window (1998) and also directed films for television. He founded the Christopher Reeve Foundation and lobbied on behalf of people with spinal-cord injuries.

Christopher Reeve died suddenly at the age of 44, while directing a movie, in the year 2004 On This Day.

Christopher Reeve photo

Christopher Reeve

Photo by schwa23

Christopher Reeve photo

Christopher Reeve and Family

Photo by Andre Queiroz

11 September-Credit Union House, Carlow

The Credit Union in Carlow town, Ireland is based in Credit Union House, Askea, Carlow. It is one of the largest community based credit unions in Ireland. Founded over 50 years ago it now has around 40,000 accounts and shares of over €55 million.

The first urban credit unions were founded in Germany in 1852 but it was not until 1864 that the first rural credit union was founded by Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen in Heddesdorf in western Germany. Credit union’s gradually spread to other countries and the first one was established in Ireland in Dublin in December 1953. The credit union movement spread quickly to all parts of the country. Today in Ireland over 2.9 million people are credit union members and have savings approaching €11.9 billion.

Ten years after the establishment the credit union in Dublin a credit union was established in Carlow town with 15 volunteers and a total fund of £15. The original credit union operated out of rooms in the C.Y.M.S (Catholic Young Men’s Society) hall on College Street before moving to the Presentation Schools on Tullow Street. In 1966 a building on Burrin Street was purchased. The Credit Union continued to grow and by the 1980’s the building had been renovated and transformed to meet the growing demand for its services. It changed from a one room operation to a building with a large public office and several other offices.

The building on Burrin Street eventually became unsuitable to meet the needs of the rapidly growing credit union community. In 2004 Carlow credit union moved to new purpose built offices on the Staplestown Road which were opened by John Hume. John Hume, one of the architects of the Good Friday Agreement, was a founding member of the Credit Union in his native city of Derry when he was working there as a teacher. At the age of 27, in 1964, he became the youngest ever President of the Irish League of Credit Unions.

Credit Union House, Askea, Carlow, the headquarters of Carlow District Credit Union, was officially opened by John Hume in the year 2004 On This Day.

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11 September-Credit Union House, Carlow

The Credit Union in Carlow town, Ireland is based in Credit Union House, Askea, Carlow. It is one of the largest community based credit unions in Ireland. Founded over 50 years ago it now has around 40,000 accounts and shares of over €55 million.

The first urban credit unions were founded in Germany in 1852 but it was not until 1864 that the first rural credit union was founded by Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen in Heddesdorf in western Germany. Credit union’s gradually spread to other countries and the first one was established in Ireland in Dublin in December 1953. The credit union movement spread quickly to all parts of the country. Today in Ireland over 2.9 million people are credit union members and have savings approaching €11.9 billion.

Ten years after the establishment the credit union in Dublin a credit union was established in Carlow town with 15 volunteers and a total fund of £15. The original credit union operated out of rooms in the C.Y.M.S (Catholic Young Men’s Society) hall on College Street before moving to the Presentation Schools on Tullow Street. In 1966 a building on Burrin Street was purchased. The Credit Union continued to grow and by the 1980’s the building had been renovated and transformed to meet the growing demand for its services. It changed from a one room operation to a building with a large public office and several other offices.

The building on Burrin Street eventually became unsuitable to meet the needs of the rapidly growing credit union community. In 2004 Carlow credit union moved to new purpose built offices on the Staplestown Road which were opened by John Hume. John Hume, one of the architects of the Good Friday Agreement, was a founding member of the Credit Union in his native city of Derry when he was working there as a teacher. At the age of 27, in 1964, he became the youngest ever President of the Irish League of Credit Unions.

Credit Union House, Askea, Carlow, the headquarters of Carlow District Credit Union, was officially opened by John Hume in the year 2004 On This Day

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