17 December-Henry Heimlich

Henry Heimlich was a medical doctor who was a native of the USA. He is widely credited with having developed the Heimlich Manoeuvre. The Heimlich Manoeuvre is a procedure designed to stop a person from choking. It involves the use of abdominal thrusts to dislodge solid matter from the throat of a choking person.
Henry Heimlich was born Henry Judah Heimlich in Wilmington, Delaware on February 3rd 1920. He graduated with an MD from Cornell University in 1943 and served in US Navy during World War II. After the war he worked in various hospitals in New York before being appointed director of surgery in Cincinnati. He was appointed professor at Xavier University in 1977. He is credited with several other inventions.
Henry Heimlich, a medical doctor who is widely credited with having developed the Heimlich Manoeuvre, died age 96 in the year 2016 On This Day.

25 November-Castro

Fidel Castro was a revolutionary leader who came to power in Cuba in 1959. He led a campaign which led to the overthrow of the American backed President Fulgencio Batista. Castro was a Marxist–Leninist under whose rule Cuba became a one-party communist state.

Fidel Castro was born Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz in Birán in eastern Cuba on August 13th 1926. Having qualified as a lawyer he became involved in leftist politics. He was imprisoned for his activities in 1953. Following release from prison Castro moved to Mexico where he established a revolutionary group. He returned to Cuba where following a guerrilla war he came to power in 1959.

Following the overthrow of Batista, Castro assumed military and political power. He began to nationalise American economic assets and forge closer links with the Soviet Union. In response the United States Government made several attempts, without success, to remove Castro from office. He remained in power until 2008 when handed over control to his brother Raul.

Fidel Castro, Cuban revolutionary leader who came to power in 1959, died aged 90 in the year 2016 On This Day.

Fidel Castro with schoolchildren




20 November-William Trevor

William Trevor was a novelist, playwright and short story writer who was a native of Co Cork, Ireland. He won the Whitbread Prize on three occasions and was the recipient of numerous other awards. Trevor received an honorary knighthood for his services to literature on December 4th 2002. He was a member of Aosdána.

William Trevor was born William Trevor Cox in Mitchelstown, County Cork on May 24th 1928. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin, with a degree in history in 1950. Trevor worked as a schoolteacher for a time before moving to live in England in 1954. He became a full-time writer in 1964 following the success of his novel ‘The Old Boys’. He went on to write more than 15 novels and several short stories.

William Trevor, Irish novelist, playwright and short story writer, died at the age of 88 at his home in Somerset, England in the year 2016 On This Day.

William Trevor photo

Photo by dalcrose





30 October-Ballinskelligs Bay Tragedy

Ballinskelligs Bay is located on the Iveragh Peninsula in Co Kerry, Ireland. The Bay was the scene of two tragic events which occurred in 1916 causing the deaths of nine people. The people who lost their lives were remembered in 2016 with the erection of a monument in the town of Waterville by Heritage Iveragh.

On August 13th 1916 four local men: Dennis McGillicuddy, Thomas Curran, James O’Connor and Michael O’Shea were bringing a boat from Rinneens to Waterville. The sea was rough during the crossing. At about 3pm the boat capsized resulting in the drowning of the four men.

In November 1916 the Danish Schooner Eliezer was enroute from Canada to Limerick with a cargo of timber. The schooner was shipwrecked in Ballinskelligs Bay. The five crewmen of the Eliezer Anders Nileson, Albert Hansen, Hans Thompson, Hans Lund and Sophus Bastrup were drowned.

The monument to the men who lost their lives is situated on the Waterville promenade. It was unveiled in the presence of local representatives, and representatives from Denmark and Canada. A helicopter from the Marine Rescue Services flew over the scene during the unveiling. The lifeboat service was present in Ballinskelligs Bay.

A monument dedicated to those who lost their lives in Ballinskelligs Bay and people who risk their lives to assist others at sea was unveiled in Waterville, Co Kerry, Ireland, in the year 2016 On This Day.


Monument in Waterville

Photo: Courtesy of Paddy McGillicuddy grandson of Denis McGillicuddy.




08 March-International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day 2016.

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is: PLEDGE FOR PARITY

The aim of the pledge is to help accelerate gender parity. International Women’s day has its origins in events in New York in 1907. In that year a group of women working in the clothing industry ‘sweatshops’ held a march to protest at wages and working conditions. The march was attacked by the police and a similar march was held on March 8th the following year.

The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911. From small beginnings it has become a day set aside when governments, corporations, institutions and women groups have the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality.

In Ireland a series of events are held each year on and around March 8th in celebration of International Women’s Day.

International Women’s Day is celebrated each year On This Day.

Woman by Seabamirum on 2008-09-27 08:41:39